Daniel Levy and Tottenham Hotspur director of football Fabio Paratici have been told the criteria Liverpool must meet in order to sign Son Heung-min. The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield recently and Spurs fans have spoken out on the matter.
Jurgen Klopp’s side considered a bid for the South Korea international this summer after the north London side failed to finish in the top four. football.london understand. The German is a longtime admirer of the striker, who vied for the Premier League Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah this season.
With Sadio Mane set to leave Liverpool this summer and Salah yet to extend his contract at Merseyside, football.london Understand that there had been discussions at Anfield about testing Tottenham’s financial resolve with a big swap for Son if Antonio Conte failed to qualify for the Champions League.
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But that’s not to say Spurs necessarily had talks, let alone an offer, for a player who has been central to much of the north London side’s success in recent years. Nonetheless, Tottenham fans threw their hats in the ring and reacted to Liverpool’s nosedive for Son.
The overwhelming reaction to the news was that there was no way Son would have piqued the Reds’ interest due to his loyalty to Spurs.
A selection of supporters also pointed to the seemingly close relationship between Son and Klopp as a possible factor in a deal.
And one fan on Twitter even suggested Levy should pull the Harry Kane ruse and demand £200m for Son’s services to stave off interest.
But while Son has been linked with a departure, Spurs have been keen to ramp up opposition to the dump this summer. The Telegraph claims Conte would like up to six arrivals in this window; a centre-back, a right-back, two midfielders, a forward and a reserve goalkeeper.
The Spurs boss told Sky Sport Italia in February: “Four players left in January. Four important players for Tottenham, two have been added. So even numerically instead of strengthening you could be weakened on paper.”
In April, however, the Italy coach seemed to take things back a bit, stressing the impact of the two signings. Conte said: “I said that with these two players, although we lost four players in January, with these two signings we have made this squad more complete and balanced.
“I think in football it’s very important to have a clear idea and to have a good vision. Because that’s how the situation is easier.”