Son Heung-Min has been nothing short of a revelation in the Bundesliga this season with his club Hamburg, accumulating a number of suitors in the form of Chelsea’s domestic rivals Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs.
Chelsea have also joined the race for the exciting striker who has won over the Hamburg faithful which have seen him score 9 goals in 21 appearances for the team. This is his best ever personal season in terms of statistics by a massive distance.
The interest of Chelsea’s rivals for the services of the South Korean has grown in recent months. However, the West London outfit have jumped straight to the front of the queue, which is largely down to the Blues’ former Director of Football Frank Arnesen, who is now working at Hamburg. As a result, the two clubs do enjoy a cordial relationship between them, which could be the deciding factor when the bidding war does commence for the striker’s services. Chelsea hold a slight advantage over their rivals, and it is being understood that a transfer fee of roughly £10 million will be sufficient to bring Son to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Many believe that Chelsea’s move to bring Son is in part down to the club’s intentions to broaden and deepen their fan support in Asia. They look set to follow the path adopted by Manchester United when they signed South Korean captain, Ji-Sung Park, and Arsenal, as they too signed Park Chu Young last year. These respective moves for United and Arsenal have led to strengthened ties between the English giants and their fans in Asia. Given Chelsea’s not-so-great support in Asia, this move to sign Son makes absolute sense for the Blues.
Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly deliberating long and hard about making a move for Son at his right hand man, Michael Emenalo’s insistence, as Emenalo tries to convince Abramovich about the ‘commercial advantages’ of luring the striker hailing from South Korea. The reason for this move is already being dubbed more as a commercial purpose than of a footballing purpose.
Do you think that this move will help Chelsea develop their Asian fanbase?