May 10, 2013 11:15
Borussia Dortmund, which will face their top domestic rival Bayern Munich in this year's UEFA Champions League final later this month, have officially made a bid to acquire Son Heung-min from Hamburg, German daily Bild reported on Thursday.
Bild reported that Dortmund are preparing 10 to 15 million euros to sign Son, and a decision will be made within two weeks. Son has scored 11 goals this season, including four against Dortmund. English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly interested in Son.
Dortmund ranked as the two-time defending Bundesliga champion before Bayern stole their crown last month. However, the club can gain some measure of revenge on May 25 after having beaten Real Madrid to advance to the Champions League final. Key players' value has also soared with the team's sterling performance against the Spanish, and a number are set to leave for bigger clubs. Bild wrote, "Mario Gotze's departure to Bayern Munich was confirmed recently, and Robert Lewandowski is likely to leave. Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp asked for Son, who has speed, powerful shot and diligence."
Son's contract with Hamburg runs out in June next year. Hamburg are hoping to renew his contract with an annual salary of 2.6 million euros, but if Hamburg fail to seal the deal six months before his contract expires, Son will become a free agent according to the Bosman ruling. In such an event, Hamburg would not receive any transfer fee.
"If we don't sell Son this summer, we will suffer a big loss. It is logical for a player with one year remaining on the contract to renew it or leave early. There is no club in the world that will give up millions of euros of transfer fee," said Hamburg Chairman Carl-Edgar Jarchow.
Hamburg Manager Thorsten Fink added that, "If Son wishes to leave Hamburg, we cannot stop him." But Son's agent erred on the side of caution, simply saying that "we can't reveal whether we are in negotiations with Dortmund."
Meanwhile, Bolton Wanders have reportedly decided not to let Lee Chung-yong go after the team saw their dream of climbing up from England's second-tier Championship thwarted recently. Some EPL clubs have expressed interest in Lee.
Over in Spain's Primera Liga, Park Chu-young of Celta Vigo has now missed three games in a row due to injuries. After the club lost to Atletico Madrid 1-3 on Thursday, they remain mired at the bottom of the league in 19th place and need to win all three remaining games to avoid relegation. Spanish daily Faro de Vigo lamented the club's decision to buy Park as being grossly misguided.
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