Chelsea and Tottenham are allegedly set to battle it out for the signature of South Korean defender Kim Min-jae.
Jose Mourinho’s team had originally ended their interest in him from last summer’s transfer window.
According to The Mirror, the 24-year-old star has caught the eye of Chelsea, putting Spurs under pressure to get the deal done.
Kim is a rising star in Asia who is 6ft 2in and that has earned him the nickname ‘The Monster’.
Min-jae’s club in the Chinese capital are prepared to cash in with the defender’s deal due to expire in December 2021.
And the Spurs scouting team pinpointed him as the perfect replacement for Jan Vertonghen who departed last campaign.
The Beijing Guoan center-half is also Spurs superstar Hueng-Min Son’s international team-mate.
However, reports suggest that the Blues are hoping to hijack the move similar to the Willian deal in the summer of 2013.
This is not the first time Min-jae has attracted interest from outfits in the United Kingdom.
Watford were keen on the 2019 K League’s Young Player of the Year but were beaten to the player’s signature by his current team.
The South Korean has three goals in 30 games for his country. To go with the gold medal Kim helped them achieve back in 2018 at the Asian matches.
Meantime, Lucas Piazon has joined Braga in Portugal, after amassing seven loan spells in his 10 years as a Chelsea player.
The Blues purchased the then-coveted young Brazilian from Sao Paulo back in 2011, but Lucas was only eligible for a work permit to start in the winter of 2012.
Midfielder Piazon technically leaves as the club’s longest-serving player, though he made just three senior appearances for Chelsea, and all in 2012.