Hamburger SV sporting director Frank Arnesen has revealed that highly-rated South Korea international forward Heung-Min Son is in advanced contract negotiations with the club, Sky Sports understands.
Son, who left Dongbuk High School to join Hamburg’s youth academy in 2008, is reportedly being monitored by a number of clubs across Europe, including the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The 20-year-old forward, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2014, is set to be offered a new long-term contract worth €2.7 million-a-year by Hamburg, according to The Independent.
The deal would likely include a clause that would allow the South Korea international to leave Hamburg in the summer of 2014.
Putting put to paper on a new long-term contract would drive up any potential transfer fee for Son.
That’s good news for Hamburg and bad news for the interested clubs from North London and Manchester.
“He still has a year to go on his contract and we haven’t had any offers from other clubs,” the club’s sporting director Frank Arnesen told NDR television.
“We are at a good stage with him and his contract extension so I am positive that we will extend with him for the long term.
“We have to ensure that we extend his contract as quickly as possible so that he can be settled.”
Son has scored 11 goals in 28 league appearances for Hamburg this season.
Kramaric attracting interest
A number of European clubs are reportedly chasing the signature of GNK Dinamo Zagreb striker Andrej Kramaric, according to the player’s agent.
Kramaric, 21, is currently on loan at NK Lokomotiva. The 21-year-old, who joined Dinamo Zagreb at the age of six, is also the leading scorer of the Croatian Prva HNL.
Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow as well as English Premier League duo Chelsea and Fulham are reportedly interested in the Croatia Under-21 international.
“I can’t hide it – we have a lot of offers for Andrej. Many well known European clubs wants him and he really wouldn’t mind if he would move to Russia,” Kramaric’s agent Amir Ruznic told Izvestia.
“The Russian league has developed a lot in recent years and is right now one of the best in Europe. But it is too early to talk about all this.
“Andrej is only thinking about how to score many goals as he can until the end of the season. Then we will see what will happen.”
According to Croatian newspaper Jutarnji, Kramaric has scored over 450 goals for Dinamo Zagreb youth teams, making him the most prolific youth goal scorer in club history.