Chelsea are set to beat the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United to Hamburg’s Heung-Min Son, who is rated as one of German footballs hottest young prospects and the club believe it would help to develop their commercial profile in Asia.
Reports suggest that the Blues are confident that they can get a deal done for the attacker for around £10 million, especially as former Chelsea director Frank Arnesen is now at the Bundesliga club and is part of the link-up the two clubs have enjoyed since he arrived in Germany.
Michael Emenalo is the one that is believed to be urging Roman Abramovich to push through a deal as soon as possible and has highlighted the potential commercial influence having one of Asia’s most promising talent could have, which would appeal to the owner as the club would like to increase its presence in a continent where they are not as well known as Arsenal, Liverpool or United.
It’s something we have seen United do by signing the likes of Ji-Sung Park and more recently Shinji Kagawa which has boosted shirt sales in Asia and it’s perhaps surprising Chelsea haven’t attempted to do anything like this up until now considering Asia is the world’s largest market and summer tours don’t have a lasting effect.
But it’s his footballing ability that is paramount and he should provide a useful option, especially in terms of versatility as he can play on the wing, as a forward or attacking midfielder and is adept with both feet. He’s also has blistering pace and is said to be a hard worker, but I haven’t seen him enough to judge him myself but will be sure to keep an eye out for him.
Son has scored nine goals in 20 Bundesliga matches this season and is one of the club’s prized assets but is widely tipped to leave the club this summer.