According to reports from various sources, Bundesliga side Wolfsburg have offered Tottenham Hotspurs €30m for South Korean ace Son Heungmin.
Son joined Spurs only a year ago from Bayer Leverkusen for the same amount (€30m), signing a 5-year deal with the North Londoners.
Now German tabloid Bild claim that Die Wölfe have already reached an agreement with Sonny and it is only a matter of time until Spurs accept the offer from Wolfsburg.
The whole situation seems bizarre. First of all, Wolfsburg fished 8th in Bundesliga last season, this means there is no European football for the men from Niedersachsen. Whereas Spurs, after finishing 3rd in EPL last season, will be competing in Europe’s most prestigious club competition; UEFA Champions League. With Nacer Chadli on his way to West Brom for some £13m, Spurs desperately need to hold on to their attacking players to be competitive both domestically and internationally.
The media frenzy seems to have an ulterior motive; Arsenal have shown interest in signing German international Julian Draxler from Wolfsburg, which means Wolfsburg will have to find a replacement. The likely replacement is Son. It is also suggested by the German media that club top scorer Bas Dost’s €12m transfer to Portuguese powerhouse Sporting and pending Schalke-move of Daniel Caligiuri will give Die Wölfe the boost they need for the Sonny bid.
To add fuel to the fire and escalate the transfer talk, Son was missing from EPL action over the weekend. Although I would like to think that Mauricio Pochettino was resting Son for his A-match in Korea (vs China 1/9), many fans in Korea were not happy that youngsters Josh Onomah and Harry Winks were used instead of Sonny.
It is frustrating for Sonny fans given the 24-year-old’s lack of playing time for Spurs last season. Erik Lamela was similarly linked with a move to Inter before the start of last season, but the Argentine opted to stay in London and fought for his place; he eventually won over Pochettino and Spurs fans with some brilliant performances.
Son’s playing time in 15/16 season; 40 games, 1,892 minutes for Spurs. 14/15 season; 42 games, 3,181 minutes for Bayer Leverkusen in all competitions.
It is early to say whether Son’s London adventure has been a success or not, but it is definitely reassuring to know that despite the lack of playing time last season and missing out on a military exemption, it has not deterred Wolfsburg from forking out whopping €30m on the highly-rated attacker.
In his latest interview with Korean media, Son claimed that he knows nothing about the transfer and he will only focus on the game against China. But wherever he goes, it is for certain that the Korean fans will follow Sonaldo.
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