Hamburg forward Heung-Min Son will be playing his football at the BayArena next season, after Bayer Leverkusen confirmed a deal for the player.
The South Korean, formerly a reported target for Liverpool, Spurs and Borussia Dortmund, came through the ranks at Hamburg after joining their academy in 2008 at 16, and leaves after three seasons.
His last season at the club was his most fruitful, with 12 goals in 33 appearances as the Red Shorts secured a 7th place finish in the Bundesliga. With that form in mind, Leverkusen have seen enough to part with a reported €10m for the 20 year-old.
Son penned a five-year deal yesterday, committing to the Werkself until 2018, and is a worthy replacement for Chelsea-bound André Schürrle.
Bayer chairman Wolfgang Holzhauser and his sporting director Rudi Völler both spoke out about the transfer, with Holzhauser saying that “In Heung-Min Son we have signed a player who, despite his age, was a key player at Hamburger SV. He has huge potential and is exactly the type of player we are looking to bring into the club for next season when we compete in Europe.”
Völler echoed those sentiments; “Heung-Min Son is quick, agile, technically strong and has a fantastic shot. He will help us achieve our goals in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Champions League, ” the former Germany international said of the club’s latest signing.
Son gives Bayer a strong attacking outlet for the conquest on three fronts next season, with the South Korean comfortable on both wings and as a second striker. Excellent with both feet and a fine dribbler, Son’s last season at Hamburg showed off his talent for beating a man and also his development as a goalscorer.
Position: Second striker, right winger, left winger
Stronger foot: Both
Best attributes: Two-footedness, dribbling, awareness
Plays a bit like: Shinji Kagawa, Kevin Mirallas, Clint Dempsey