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Tottenham warned to ‘tread carefully’ over star’s future as Euro giants would jump at transfer chance

Son Heung-min and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Son Heung-min and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg stand over Tottenham free-kick

A pundit thinks Fabio Paratici needs to operate with caution when it comes to the future of Son Heung-min as most of Europe’s top clubs would love to sign the Tottenham forward.

Son had a fantastic campaign in 2021-22, bagging 23 goals in 35 Premier League matches. This saw him share the Golden Boot award with Liverpool winger Mo Salah.

Son also scored a goal in the Europa Conference League last season, though he couldn’t add to this tally as Tottenham failed to get out of Group G.

The South Korean has had an underwhelming start to the new season, however. He didn’t register a goal in Tottenham’s first six Premier League matches.

Son was dropped for the match against Leicester City on September 17. This decision from Antonio Conte worked as Son came off the bench in the 59th minute and went on to bag a brilliant hat-trick, ending his goalless run.

Son played a full 90 minutes in Spurs’ recent Champions League draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, although he couldn’t find the net as the match ended 0-0.

During a recent interview with Premier League productions, former midfielder Owen Hargreaves was asked about Son’s ability.

The pundit believes Champions League titans Bayern Munich ‘would rip your hand off for him’ and that Spurs need to ‘tread carefully’ when dealing with the 30-year-old.

Owen Hargreaves lauds Son Heung-min

“Forget any XI in the Premier League. Bayern Munich would rip your hand off for him,” Hargreaves said (via HITC). “He has been in Germany, with Hamburg and Leverkusen. They would rip your hands off for him.

“Then you have your Spanish teams and you have the Italian teams. He’s the type of guy that everybody would be desperate to have. He’s marketable and ticks every box.

“Sometimes, that’s why you don’t upset these boys because they have a lot of options. When it comes to contract times and renegotiating, then you have to tread carefully.

“They are lucky he is just a humble guy and he won’t go anywhere.”

The Son, Spurs fairytale continues

Son has been linked with a Spurs exit on a couple of occasions during his time in north London. However, these rumours have never amounted to anything.

As Hargreaves says, Spurs are lucky he is so committed to their club. Son doesn’t want to leave, even though Spurs have yet to win a trophy while he has been there.

Son could easily join a major European club, such as Bayern. This would give him the chance to lift some silverware, something his ability deserves.

But the 104-cap international signed a new four-year contract at Spurs in July last year and this means director of football Paratici doesn’t really need to worry about an exit.

There is the possibility Son could end his career at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This would make him a club legend, alongside the fact he has registered over 130 goals for them.

A great way to keep the likes of Son and Harry Kane happy would be to end the club’s trophy drought. To give Conte a major boost in this pursuit, Paratici is reportedly planning to sign an enforcer from the Italian top flight.