Sunday, June 24, 2018

Hamburg want £10m for Heung-min Son; Lazio sign Saha

Bundesliga side Hamburg are willing to sell highly-rated South Korea international forward Heung-min Son in the summer transfer window.

Bundesliga side Hamburg are willing to sell highly-rated South Korea international forward Heung-min Son in the summer transfer window, but only if the club receive an inviting offer — believed to be in the region of £10 million — for the player, Sky Sports understands.

Son, 20, is attracting interest from a bevy of clubs in the English Premier League, including the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

According to reports, Spurs sent a scout to watch the South Korea international in action against Croatia at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

With South Korea down 2-0, Son was replaced by Cardiff City attacking midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung at half-time.

Croatia went on to cruise to a comprehensive 4-0 victory over the Taegeuk Warriors, with Mario Mandzukic, Darijo Srna, Nikica Jelavic and Craven Cottage’s own Mladen Petric scoring the goals.

The 20-year-old is currently valued at £10 million, which is quite reasonable when considering the interested parties (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur).

Hamburg general manager Frank Arnesen did not place a price-tag on Son, but admitted that an inviting bid could force the club to sell the player.

With that said, Arnesen is keen to sign Son to a new long-term deal at the Imtech Arena, with the 20-year-old’s current contract set to expire in June 2014.

“Of course we have an acceptance limit,” Arnesen told Hamburger Morgenpost.

“But Sonny is a very young and great talent. We have the ambition to sign new terms with him and will be in a position to hand him a good deal.

“I am sure we can find a solution to keep hold of him for longer than the end of his current deal (which expires in June 2014).”

Heung-min Son has bagged seven goals in 19 Bundesliga matches for Hamburg this season.

Lazio sign Saha

S.S. Lazio have confirmed the signing of France international striker Louis Saha following his release by Sunderland, Sky Sports reports.

Saha, 34, will provide the club with cover while Germany international talisman Miroslav Klose is sidelined due to injury. Klose is expected to miss two months with a knee injury.

The 34-year-old Frenchman did not start a Premier League match for Sunderland this season, despite the club’s lack of goal-scoring prowess.

The former Manchester United striker made 14 appearances without finding the back of the net for the Black Cats prior to his release in January.

In all likelihood, Saha played his last game for France against Germany at the Weserstadion in Bremen on 29 February 2012. He replaced Olivier Giroud after 76 minutes, with Les Bleus defeating the home side by a score of 2-1.

“I am happy to be here, Lazio is a great club and Italy is a great country,” said Saha.

“I want to give my best. I am here to offer support after the injury to Klose, and I will do that willingly.

“This is a great group and it will be a pleasure to work with them.”


Shawn Etemadi



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