Fresh from the agony of being cruelly denied a Champions League place for a second year running, Spurs may get another door slammed shut in their face as they look to strengthen for next season, or so suggest The Express.
The London club have reportedly been tracking Hamburg’s highly rated Heung Min Son as they look to add a potent mix of goal threats to their impressively assembled squad.
Son has scored 12 goals in 33 games this season and has a price tag believed to be in the region of £10m. A move to the Premier League would presumably interest the South Korean but in light of interest from Champions League finalists Borrusia Dortmund, Tottenham appear to have been outmuscled. Dortmund are preparing for life without Mario Gotze, who’s £32m release clause was recently triggered by rivals Bayern Munich and a deal for Son is reportedly ‘almost done’.
Jurgen Klopp is also looking at the possibility of his team losing their main goal threat Robert Lewandowski this summer, so the purchase of Son, 20, who has been one of the Bundesliga’s breakthrough players this season could be one of the first building bricks in a new look Dortmund side.
However, former sporting director at Spurs Frank Arnesen, currently performing the same role at Hamburg, is confident that Son can be persuaded to stay. Arnesen has said:
At the moment there is no movement. There are no talks. In the coming weeks we will sit together and discuss it.”
Spurs will no doubt have a lengthy list of potential targets prepared for this summer. If Son decides to snub Andre Villas Boas, they will quickly move on. It is worth noting however, that at one point Spurs looked as though they would be strengthening for a potential Champions League campaign.
This first set-back will be a strong reminder to Daniel Levy and AVB that they may have to alter their transfer tactics.