How Tottenham’s Son Heung-min rejected Manchester United in 2013

The South Korea had the chance to moved to Old Trafford in his Hamburg days but opted for a switch to Bayer Leverkusen.

Arguably the most exciting piece of transfer business for Tottenham over the summer is the signing of South Korean forward Son Heung-min from Bayer Leverksuen.

However, looking back through the archives, The Mirror highlight how the gifted forward could have ended up at Manchester United two years ago.

The Asian superstar first rose to prominence at Hamburg, where he quickly became a player capable of ripping through Bundesliga rearguards.

With it becoming evident that Son was ready for a move to a bigger club, his agent Thies Bliemeister stated back in 2013 that his client could have opted for a move to Old Trafford.

The representative revealed that the versatile attacker could have opted for a switch to the Premier League but at that point felt like staying in Germany and moving to the BayArena was a better decision for the sake of his career.

“Manchester United were also interested in him,” Bliemeister is quoted as saying by The Mirror back in 2013.

“We held talks. Manchester City also contacted HSV. The interest was a great honour for Son, but Leverkusen just made the best impression. And, as a transitional step, Bayer is ideal for his career.”

Tottenham will hope to tap into the Asian fan market like United did with Son’s countryman Park Ji-Sung.

The North London side are also short of proven goalscorers and rely on Harry Kane to hit the back of the net, with the former Leverkusen man brought to the club as part of the solution.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch