The agent of South Korean Heung-Min Son has claimed that both Manchester United and Chelsea have tabled bids for him.
The Hamburg forward has emerged as a key man for the Bundesliga outfit since the departure of Ruud van Nistelrooy, scoring 11 goals in 28 appearances this campaign.
And speaking to Interlive, Son’s agent Thies Bliemeister said that United have already bid on the player.
“A summer transfer? He has penned a new contract with Hamburg and extended by a year,” he said.
“But there are many bids on the table, from, among others, Manchester United and Chelsea.”
A fee of €12 million has been mooted with both Inter Milan and Tottenham also credited with an interest in the talented forward, who can also operate on the left and the right.
Bliemeister continued: “For now we talk of that figure. But it is obvious that if someone comes along with €20 million, they’ll get ahead of the competition.”
Son graduated from Hamburg’s youth academy and is now established as a regular for his national team, something the Glazer’s will be more than acutely aware of considering the commercial reach of many Asian footballers.
With high-profile departures at Hamburg in the summer, more onus was placed on the striker and he has responded emphatically.
Hamburg’s Director of Sport Frank Arnesen recently admitted that the club would like to keep the player but Hamburg would be powerless to hold on if a big bid came in, and the former Chelsea employee’s good relationship with his previous employers could swing a deal in their favour.
However, United have been tentatively linked to a number of strikers already this year including Robert Lewandowski and with Wayne Rooney’s future appearing to be firmly in central midfield, and the future of Javier Hernandez unsure, a new arrival in the striker department could be imminent.
If a bid has in fact been made, it seems quite incredible this has not been widely reported on already but United’s forays into the transfer market are becoming increasingly covert with the club unwilling to pay over the odds and as such have kept the cards close to their chests.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been on record stating that the transfer of Hernandez was one of his favourites due to the small fee paid and the ability to keep the deal hush.
But keeping a potentially £10 million plus deal quiet could prove challenging with plenty of other clubs interested in the 20-year-old