After a mediocre debut season at Tottenham Hotspur, Son Heung-min is reportedly in line to make a return to Germany, with Wolfsburg ready to pay £24m for the South Korean star.
Son arrived at White Hart Lane from Bayer Leverkusen in a £22m deal last summer, but made just 13 Premier League starts as he struggled to dislodge any of Spurs’ feted frontmen from the XI.
A mooted move for Wilfried Zaha and the protracted arrival of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou suggest Mauricio Pochettino is far from satisfied with the 24-year-old as his first attacking-midfield reserve and a return of just four top-tier goals vindicates his concern.
The chance to turn a small profit on a player who clearly doesn’t occupy too high a spot in the manager’s estimations is one the Lilywhites will logically capitalise on, especially if they can add Zaha to the fold alongside Nkoudou.
However, if Spurs – 6/4 to finish in the top four for a second consecutive season – sell Son to Wolfsburg, don’t be surprised to see the Chuncheon native lining up for Barcelona, Bayern Munich or another elite Champions League outfit in a year’s time.
Recent seasons have seen Die Wolfe establish themselves as prime purveyors of attacking-midfield talent to whom Europe’s most prestigious clubs pay visits when looking to bolster this area of their team.
Kevin De Bruyne was the first to benefit from this arrangement.
Cast aside at Chelsea, the Belgian conjurer was allowed to sign for Wolfsburg in a £17m deal in January 2014. 72 appearances, 20 goals and 31 assists later, he was back in the Premier League after Manchester City paid £55m for his services.
Andre Schurrle was another Chelsea outcast who was fired out the Wolfsburg cannon into the stars and he didn’t have to play half as well as De Bruyne.
The World Cup-winning forward made his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund against Mainz last weekend, laying on an assist in Die Schwarzgelben’s 2-1 win.
It followed an alleged £27m transfer from Wolfsburg where he had started a mere 28 games in Germany’s top flight since a January 2015 switch from Chelsea, scoring ten goals in that period.
After completing a single campaign at the Volkswagen Arena, heralded German international Julian Draxler appears intent on following the duo, with Paris Saint-Germain the latest team linked with a monster bid for the winger before the transfer deadline passes.
If Son is lured as a replacement, a move to a continental powerhouse can’t be too far away.