Arnesen stated just last month that maintaining the South Korean forward’s long-term services was a primary aim for the Bundesliga club.
But with the 20-year-old yet to extend a contract that currently runs until the end of next season, Hamburg appear to be reluctantly accepting the possibility of a summer move.
Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Arnesen said, “Obviously we will have to sell him, if he does not sign a new contract with our club.”
Of course this could simply be a case of the Dane calling the player’s bluff; forcing him into a move he and his advisors appear to be stalling over.
The player and those around him will now be aware of considerable interest, not just from England but reportedly from German rivals Borussia Dortmund, who will be seeking to reinforce following the move and likely-move of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski respectively.
With Arsenal appearing to focus on a proposed move for Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, Tottenham’s Daniel Levy was reportedly readying a £10million bid for Son.
But following stories in Italy that Juventus are now interested in Jovetic, the Gunners may come back in for the Hamburg player who can operate either centrally or from the wing.
Despite reports from some quarters that a move to Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League finalists is all but complete, Arnesen’s words may be cannily timed to prompt responses from clubs such as his former employers at White Hart Lane.
A month ago, Arnesen said he would do everything he could to keep Son.
“We are willing to push ourselves to our pain barrier for him,” he said.
But the tune has since been changed, with the final outcome very much in the hands of the player.
Both Tottenham and Arsenal will reinforce in forward positions next season. And with just 12 months left on his contract, Son could be a cheaper but equally effective option should he bring his Bundesliga form to the Premier League.
With 11 goals from 29 starts this season, and at just 20, he appears to be a risk worth taking.
While Arnesen seems to have opened the door for the bids to begin...
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