Last year’s signing of Shinji Kagawa from Dortmund represented a move not only beneficial from an on-field standpoint, but also from a commercial one for Manchester United.
And Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to bolster his Asian contingent by again raiding the Bundesliga, this time for prodigal Hamburg talent Son Heung-Min.
Ferguson has regularly had scouts watch the 20-year-old South Korean international, who is also interesting Chelsea.
And he may be prepared to test the German side’s resolve with a £10m summer bid, thus securing a player who has been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Tricky on the ball and physically imposing, Son’s versatility has aided him in becoming a regular fixture for his club and national side over the past three seasons.
He can operate anywhere across the frontline, and has regularly been employed in an attacking midfield role as well.
Thus, his services are highly coveted, and a transfer war could be about to ensue between the Red Devils and the Blues.
Indeed, Chelsea know the commercial value Son’s signing would represent, and are keen to capitalise on that after taking note of the Far East interest Park Ji-Sung once generated at United.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich is keen to exploit the Asian market, and at 20 years old, the player could prove an ideal addition as Chelsea aim to lower their average squad age.
An average of almost one goal every two games this season suggests Son’s addition would not solely be commercially-incentivised, though.
However, the number of current Chelsea players who can play in Son’s favoured position may mean that Old Trafford would be a more preferable destination for the 20-year-old.
Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Oscar are all comfortable playing just behind a defined striker, and so Son could find first-team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge.
Thus, Ferguson could have the upper hand to land the diminutive trequartista, a notion solidified by the Scot’s successful history in gradually blending new foreigners into his squad.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.