The agent of South Korean forward Heung-Min Son claims that the player spurned a chance to move to Old Trafford over the summer.
Manchester United’s tepid summer in the transfer marker has been well publicised, with Marouane Fellaini the only addition of note to the Premier League winning squad. With the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and others spurning the chance to move to Old Trafford, another embarrassing blow has come to light in Germany.
Highly rated South Korean attacker Heung-Min Son switched Hamburg for Bayer Leverkusen over the off-season, but reportedly had the opportunity to move to United instead.
Despite this, the forward’s agent Thies Bliemeister told German newspaper Bild that his client preferred to join the BayArena side in a €10 million deal.
“Even United wanted Sonny,” the agent said.
“Manchester United were very interested in him. We had already held talks. Stories saying a deal between Hamburg and Manchester were reported.
The interest [from Manchester United] was a great honour for Son. But Leverkusen has simply made the best impression. And as an intermediate step, Bayer is ideal for his career now."
The 21-year-old is a rising star in Europe, and consistently put in impressive performances for Hamburg last term. With the Asian superstar available, he was linked with Liverpool and Tottenham mostly, and it is clear that he is a player with the attributes to play in the Premier League.
Bliemeister’s revelations are another blow to United and David Moyes, who will be starting to feel the pressure of expectation. The Old Trafford faithful are accustomed to having Sir Alex Ferguson on hand to attract big-name players to the club and the presence of the lesser-known Moyes is something that will take time to get used to.
On the pitch, Son could have been a valuable addition. United are well-stocked in the striker department, but the South Korea international’s versatility to play on either flank would have been an ideal asset when it came to selection.
Similar to Shinji Kagawa, Son has moved to Germany from his homeland and took to the European game almost instantly. The 21-year-old has pace to burn, is technically sound and has a solid goalscoring over three years in the Bundesliga.
With United’s wingers failing to consistently impress despite the club winning the title last season, a new exciting talent such as Son, to add to Wilfried Zaha’s addition, would have been a real shot in the arm for the likes of Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.
Son’s agent's comments do suggest that the player did not want to end up as a fringe player at United, but nevertheless the fact that United could not convince him to move to England showcases a diminished appeal.
Despite the benefit that Son’s considerable abilities would have added to the United squad, it is the fact that he turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford that will be painful for the English champions.
Getting beat to a player by Bayer Leverkusen? Wouldn’t have happened on Sir Alex Ferguson’s watch.
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