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Tottenham Hotspur should consider Heung-min Son sale at £75 million

Premier League teams are said to be after the Tottenham Hotspur star at £61 million.

Mathew Nash

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Reports in Germany today are suggesting Tottenham Hotspur winger Heung-min Son could be on his way this summer. Sport1 is suggesting Son is open to the idea of moving and challenging for silverware elsewhere. The report names Manchester United, Liverpool and even North London rivals Arsenal as interested parties – with a £61 million price-tag being mentioned.

So should Spurs consider selling him?

Son had a great season with Spurs in 2017-18. He scored 18 goals and was one of the most used Spurs players throughout the campaign. Whilst £61 million is a lot of money, Spurs have recently been quoted £70 million and £75 million for the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Anthony Martial respectively.

Therefore, that has to be the going rate for Son.

If a team stumps up that much cash for Son, then Tottenham might have to consider selling.

It will not be a popular opinion to sell the South Korean. The fans love him and he is undoubtedly a gifted footballer.

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But if a £75 million offer comes in, Spurs would have to accept it. They could use the money to fund a replacement and there are reasons to sell Son.

He is still something of a streak player, great when in form and missing when not. Then there is the fact that 24 months ago, it looked as though Mauricio Pochettino could sell the winger. After an indifferent first campaign at White Hart Lane, it appeared for a while that Son was heading back to Germany. He has since changed the Argentine’s opinion, but at £75 million Pochettino could be reminded. Then there is the continuing spectre of his looming military service in South Korea.

Tottenham should, by all means, fight to keep Son at the club this summer. He is an excellent asset and a player they should not willingly sell. But if the transfer fee breaks the £75m threshold, then a sale would surely not be out of the question.

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  1. druid

    June 27, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Mathew: you need to research a little before you write your articles. Quoting some German Sports rag does not constitute a reliable source. It is true that Levy would have to look seriously at any bid over £125 million for Son (probably £150 million froman EPL club) but there is really no indication that that interest is there. The other piece that is nonsense is the junk about trophies. A footballer needs a trophy like a fish needs a motor scooter. A contract, an opportunity to play, appreciation of the fans are all more important.

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely

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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.

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Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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As Tottenham close in on Jack Grealish, Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded

The Villa youngster could be set for a late move to Spurs.

Max Cohen

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According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish ahead of their summer tour of the United States.

The signing has been left late in the window, much to the annoyance of Spurs fans, but Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded as Tottenham seem set to buy Grealish for far less than Villa originally asked for.

The Mirror claimed that the Championship club initially were holding out for £40 million, but now they are willing to sell for around half of that amount.

If Spurs were to pinch the creative mastermind from Villa Park for around £20 million that would represent superb business, considering the inflated transfer market for young British talents.

Although the Levy’s style is immensely frustrating at times, there can be no arguing that a bargain of this magnitude is well worth waiting for.

If Tottenham had done their business too early on in the window, they could have been left paying far too much for the former English U-21 international.

But as the summer months progressed, news of Aston Villa’s financial woes increased. Given the new information, Spurs were put in a much stronger position as they knew Villa would be desperate to sell in order to offload Grealish’s high wages and rein in a transfer fee.

The north Londoners look primed to welcome one of the Championship’s finest midfield technicians to White Hart Lane, and at only 22 years of age, Grealish has time on his side to develop into a world class player.

Daniel Levy’s tough negotiating style is not ideal for most circumstances and rightfully draws the ire of the Tottenham faithful. Yet his bargaining nous has come in handy during the Jack Grealish saga, granting Spurs a much-improved deal.

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Japhet Tanganga showing why he might be Tottenham Hotspur’s next Ledley King

The teenager is one of the top prospects at Tottenham Hotspur.

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England’s under-19s are in action this summer, hoping to emulate the recent form of the nation at all age groups. They started well yesterday, with a 3-2 triumph over Turkey in their opening fixture.

For Tottenham Hotspur fans one of the goalscorers caught the eye. Japhet Tanganga nestled the ball in from close range in the 22nd minute, which happened to be England’s opening goal and equaliser in the game.

Of course, Tottenham fans are more concerned with him keeping the ball out of the net than in it.

The 19-year-old is considered one of the top talents to emerge from the Tottenham academy in some time, especially at the back. Following in the footsteps of Sol Campbell and Ledley King, Tottenham fans are hopeful Tanganga can be a first-team regular in the future.

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He played 24 times for the Tottenham under-23s last season, occasionally captaining the side, and cementing his place as a top Tottenham talent.

For some, the time might have come for Tanganga to be used in the Spurs first-team. With the future of Toby Alderweireld unclear and Spurs lagging in the transfer market, they may turn to their youngsters.

Not many Spurs fans would say there is a great deal of difference between Tanganga and his more experienced rival Cameron Carter-Vickers in terms of ability.

With the latter likely to head out on loan again this season, perhaps Tanganga will make a Spurs breakthrough next season.

If not, then he should bide his time, as he could be a genuine star.

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