Tottenham look set to replace Inter-bound Erik Lamela with a star from Germany’s top flight in Heung Min Son, being close to agreeing a €30m fee with Bayer Leverkusen, according to ESPN.
It will come as a surprise to us for those of you who claim they do not have a clue who the South Korean is. Asia’s footballer of the year for 2014/15, the 23-year-old is equally capable with either foot and has been simply sublime for Roger Schmidt’s Leverkusen since his arrival at the BayArena two years ago.
Having joined Hamburg in 2008 as a 16-year-old, he impressed in his three years there enough to convince Leverkusen to part with €10.7m for his services.
Extremely versatile, Son predominately plays as a winger but also has the ability to play in the middle behind the striker as well as possessing the capabilities to work as an all out forward, much to Tottenham’s benefit.
Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Völler has spoken of the rumoured transfer.
“There is a request and there are talks. But nothing is done. Son would not have played today anyway [ having missed the game against Lazio ] , he was sick at the weekend already. At this moment he is our player,” he is quoted as telling Germany TV channel Sky.
“I saw many medicals in this business where there was no deal afterwards. We will try to reach an agreement, but only under our conditions.”
Kicker have said that Son will travel to London today for his medical.
Incredible speed, a deadly first touch and a lethal left and right boot should have Spurs fans very much excited. He brings a better option for the club than Lamela, who has struggled since his move from Roma.
A fantastic counter attacking option, Son’s ability to cut inside using an outrageous first touch should be a constant display of what the other Premier League sides missed out on this summer.
His reported €30m price tag could prove to be one of the more rewarding moves of the summer in terms of getting a return, in contrast with Manchester City’s excessive transfer fee for Raheem Sterling.
Bayer star Hakan Calhanoglu said the team tried to contact Son on Wednesday morning following his absence from training, and believes Son has been ‘ill advised’ about the move.
“It’s a bit disappointing. I tried to reach him but I could not get hold of him.
“The whole team is disappointed, but it’s not his fault — he’s a good lad. I believe that he’s been badly advised.”
The Bundesliga’s free kick specialist also suggested that it was Son’s father who influenced his decision.
Calhanoglu said: “You certainly have huge respect for your dad when you are 23, but you have to make your own decisions at one point.”