Chelsea are being linked with a move for Kim Min-jae, who currently plays for Chinese club Beijing Guoan.
According to the Mirror, Tottenham are weighing up an offer to try sign the defender this month.
But it is understood that Premier League rivals Spurs are worried that Chelsea could be about to enter the race for him, so they are stepping up their efforts to try get him.
The report explains that the 24-year-old is nicknamed “the monster” due to his defensive attributes and Beijing Guoan are ready to cash in on him due to the fact his contract expires at the end of 2021.
South Korean publication NaverSports reported last summer that Min-jae was rated around £15million and that Spurs were keen on his signature then.
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It’s unclear on if Min-jae’s £15million price tag from the summer still stands, but in any event he’s being heavily linked with a move to European football.
The 6ft 3in centre-back has already earned 30 senior caps for South Korea, where he plays alongside Spurs star Heung-Min Son on the international stage.
Chelsea need to perhaps consider signing a marquee name at centre-back within the next year, but if they are to bring in another centre-half it should be a proven talent ready to walk straight into the XI at Stamford Bridge.