Antonio Conte stopped Liverpool from making big bid for Son Heung-min amid Sadio Mane reports

Liverpool were considering a big bid for Son Heung-min this summer if Tottenham hadn’t finished in the top four. football.london understands.

Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of Spurs’ South Korean star football.london understands that Liverpool had been planning with the prospect of losing either Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah this summer when their contracts reach their final year, there had been discussions about bolstering Tottenham’s financial resolve with a big swap for the 29-year-old attacker test if the north London club had failed to qualify for the Champions League next season.

That’s not to say Tottenham had any talks at all, let alone an offer for a hugely popular player who they see as crucial to Antonio Conte’s plans and who they gave a big new four-year deal last summer, or that Son agreed to move, but the Reds have long had their eye on a Premier League star who has scored three goals in his last four games against them.

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Reports surfaced on Sunday that Mane has decided to leave Liverpool this summer following Saturday’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid. However, Liverpool are not expected to further pique their son’s interest as the player has played a key role in helping Conte guide Spurs to fourth place in the Premier League.

Son shared the Golden Boot with Salah after scoring 23 Premier League goals without a single penalty, providing nine assists and setting new records for his partnership with Harry Kane. Son was named Player of the Year by Tottenham fans and has spoken about his excitement at playing Champions League football again with Spurs. He was also further strengthened by the news that Conte will remain in charge of the club next season.

Conte quickly formed a bond with Son and the pair could be seen following Spurs’ last home game watching a highlights compilation on the big screen with their arms around each other’s shoulders. The Italian has consistently hailed the South Korean as world-class and warned in the final months of the season that he believes the Golden Boot winner can do even better.

Tottenham will travel to Son’s home country on a money-grabbing pre-season tour in July this summer, playing against Team K League – a selection of the best players from Korea’s professional league – and Spanish club Sevilla.

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