Thursday, 7th February, 2013

Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen admits that there is a figure which, if reached, would cause the German side to allow in-demand forward Son Heung-Min to leave.

The 20-year-old South Korean has been linked with a number of sides, but his most serious suitors lie in England’s Premier League, where Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been consistently mooted as admirers, while even Arsenal and Chelsea have seen their names mentioned alongside Son’s.

Hamburg want to keep the forward and are working hard to extend a contract which is due to expire in the summer of 2014.

But Arnesen, ever the shrewd businessman, admits that there is a sum which, if offered, would cause the Bundesliga club to sell the youngster – even if he will not reveal what that is.

And even if he stresses retaining Son is the club’s priority at present.


"Of course, we have a limit at which we will accept a bid", Arnesen told the Hamburger Morgenpost.

"Sonny is a young and very talented player", he continued.

"We have the ambition of getting him to sign a new contract and we are in a position to offer him a good deal.

"I am sure that we will find a solution and we can extend his current contract, which runs until 2014."

So far this season the South Korea international has hit seven goals in 19 Bundesliga games.

His preferred position is to the right of a central striker.

At present Hamburg sit ninth in the Bundesliga and within striking distance of a European spot.

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