13 May 2013

'We have to sell' - Boss admits 'superb' £20m LFC target may leave. BR bid...?

In November, Rafael Van Der Vaart revealed that Liverpool had put in a huge €20m offer for Hamburg team-mate Son Heung-Min, and this prompted the club's general manager Frank Arnesen to publicly urge the striker to commit his future to the club. Liverpool have been linked with a move for Son several times over the last year, and it seems like the South Korean striker could definitely be on the move this summer .

In November, Son insisted that it would be 'very hard' to renew his contract, and the latest comments coming out of Hamburg suggest a contractual impasse still remains. Last week, Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen told reporters:

"If we cannot extend Son’s deal, we have to sell him"

Over the weekend, the Bundesliga club's manager, Thorsten Fink, told Sport-BILD weekly:

"If Heung-min Son is not signing a new contract and makes up his mind to definitely leave, and given a concrete offer from an interested club, then we would be forced to sell. In a situation like this we would be unable to keep hold of him."

£20m-rated Son's contract situation has rumbled on for months now, and it doesn't look like he's interested in renewing. When asked last month about interest from big clubs like Liverpool and Spurs, the 20 year told Bild:

""The interest is nice, and it's good to be so popular. We have agreed to discuss it [a transfer] but everything has to fit, and I need to feel good"

Son - whose current contract expires in 2014 - is known for his dribbling skills, close control, and electric pace, and Fink believes his form in front of goal has drastically improved recently. He enthused:

“He practises shooting in training every day and it shows that doing more than others pays off.”

In March, German legend Franz Beckenbauer heaped praise on Son. He told Hamburger Morgenpost:

"He is superb player. I really like the way he plays: Fast and dynamic. He not only goals, but also makes beautiful goals"

That may be the case, but Son is hardly a prolific goalscorer. Last season, he grabbed 6 goals in 31 appearances for Hamburg, which is nothing to write home about, and is definitely not worth £20m. Still, the South Korean looks like an exciting player.

Should Liverpool pursue him this summer? Coutinho is the same age, and he's come in and done a great job; perhaps Son could too...?

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  1. HAHA ^^ This is hilarious!!!! (not that your friend is broke)

    Wouldn't be mad on Son, especially for that kinda $$!! Whilst were on the topic of Asians, wheres all the talk of Honda gone?? I would love to see him at Liverpool.

    Current strikers are Sturridge, Suarez , Borini. All of which are capable of playing multible positions up front. We need someone to replace downing, a right sided attacking player who is quick, skillful and can score. TBH, I'm finding it hard to think of someone that would do a better job than Sturridge. (I know he wants to play centre). He was great in that role with Chelski under AVB.

    Anybody got any options???

  2. Compared to Loic Remy, etc etc, he might be a bit too expensive, then again I have only seen Utube evidence.

  3. maybe 10m but not 20m. i think he would fit in but i wouldnt expect him to be banging in 20+ a season

  4. thomas ince. plays exactly like robben but is very skillful and has lightining pace. scores alot of goals and will keep the english core in our team. only £6M and will develop into a star. we get honda on a free, diame for £3.5M (release clause), de vrij for £7M, alderwerield for £8M, josip ilicic for £6M, benteke for £16M and we'll have a squad of technical beasts

  5. Don't forget bout someone who can control tempo in the midfield for replacing gerrard in the future definately not hendo or shelvy,i believe our captain will retire in couple year.

  6. Mr. Point Of View7:51 am, May 14, 2013

    so it prove $ cant buy trophy?

  7. Is he the same kind of player as Coutinho? You can see the value of an attacking player without needing him to score goals. It becomes a more subtle question of tactics after that i.e. how many dribbling attackers do you need? We can't have every one of our attacking players with the ball at their feet. Sturridge and Suarez both know how to make good runs while Suarez and Coutinho are both capable of making the killer pass. Son would need to be another scorer I feel, not another provider, and he doesn't quite have those qualities.

  8. Mr. Point Of View8:17 am, May 14, 2013

    Asian player?

    more to a marketing tools or really our squad needs ???

  9. He is a mix between Coutinho and Sturridge, in terms of dynamic of his game, i.e., looks to attack the space without the ball and will home in on shooting areas but also good on the ball and likes to take on players, although not necessarily heavily about creativity. The goal stats may not back it up but I think he does have a eye for goal, so me thinks he has it in his game to develop that to a very good level. He averages 1 goal per 3 games in the league this season, which is good going considering factors. Last season, yes he only managed 5 league goals but over half his league appearances were from the bench. Considering how he has improved with his goal stats this season, shows the scope for improvement, to an extent anyway. I don't think he is much of a provider as he hasn't got that consistent eye for creativity. He is raw still but there is scope in there to have that sort of good narrow-mindness that Robben and Ronaldo have to their game as wide players that allows them to be goalscoring threats coming in from wide. May or maybe not to their level but certainly has quite a bit of potential.

  10. Honda is rubbish, so is Diame, only plays well in 1 game out of 10, De vrij can't be a starter for 2 years but would be a good signing. Benteke would be great but don't think we'll go for him.

  11. He seems a bit expensive but can you imagine the potential his signing would have for farthing Liverpools exposure in Asia? Shirts sales alone would pay his fee. I also like the idea of Honda. Not only is he a quality player he is also arguably the most popular Japanese footballer and purely speaking from a business point of view would be a great signing. More than that though he is actually a player who would add quality to out midfield in an attacking sense. Both players would be decent signings IMO.

  12. Forgot about Ince.

    He has impressed me, I would be willing to give him a chance for 6M. Wouldn't be keen on spending anymore on him.

    Arda Turan is someone who keeps jumping out at me.He also supports Liverpool. We need someone who is capable of tracking back and making a tackle. I like strong attacking players, I think we have enough small guys.

    Sanchez is another optimistic possibility.

  13. Honda is not shit, neither is Diame. I agree in regards to Benteke.

  14. Sons signing would be almost purely business motivated as having seen him i doubt as to whether he would get much if any game time.
    Realistically if they want to do the business side and get a useful player cheap Honda is definitely the man superior in areas of the game to Son.

  15. yea he got the future, aren't Lfc got limited budget?


  17. go for a better more in age and experience.liverpool needs instant development not future players...if we dont get back to the champions league soon,LFC glory is going to the 'well'.