Liverpool 'were lining up a big money bid for Son Heung-min'
Liverpool ‘were lining up a big money bid for Son Heung-min’ had Tottenham not made next season’s Champions League as Jurgen Klopp searches for Sadio Mane’s replacement
- Liverpool were reportedly ready to pounce for Son Heung-min this summer
- Red would have tested Tottenham’s resolve had they not finished in the top four
- But Spurs did make the Champions League and Liverpool’s interest ended
- Jurgen Klopp is likely to lose £35million-rated Sadio Mane in the summer
- Mohamed Salah is also about to enter the final year of his contract at Anfield
Liverpool ‘were considering a bid for Son Heung-min this summer’ had Tottenham not qualified for the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp had reportedly identified Spurs’ South Korean forward as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah if they departed Anfield.
According to Football.London, Liverpool were prepared to test Spurs’ resolve with a substantial bid for Son had they not finished in the top four.
Liverpool were reportedly keen to sign Son Heung-min had Tottenham not finished in top four
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the South Korean international
However, after Son’s 23 goals won him the Golden Boot – jointly with Salah – and helped Spurs into Europe’s top competition, Liverpool ended their interest.
There was no guarantee that Son, 29, would have wanted to swap north London for Merseyside or even that Spurs would have entertained Liverpool’s offer.
He also signed a contract extension through until 2025 just last year, meaning Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would have demanded top dollar for him.
Son scored both home and away against Liverpool last season and struck up a close bond with Italian boss Antonio Conte, who has committed to lead the club back into the Champions League next season.
The South Korean also laid on nine assists during the 2021-22 campaign, forging a strong relationship with Harry Kane in attack.
But Liverpool ended their interest after Antonio Conte led Spurs into the Champions League
Son shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah after scoring 23 goals
Tottenham are set to embark on a lucrative pre-season tour of Son’s homeland in July, where they will play Team K League – an all-star side from the country’s domestic league – and Spanish club Sevilla.
Mane’s exit from Liverpool looks inevitable but the Reds want at least £35million for the Senegal forward if they are to consider a sale. Bayern Munich are keen to sign the 30-year-old and he is intrigued by the possibility.
However, Mane has yet to inform Liverpool of his intentions for the summer ahead.
Salah, 29, is entering the final year of his Liverpool contract and the Reds will be eager to hang on to a player who has scored 31 times for them in all competitions this season.
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