Real Madrid may have found its new Cristiano Ronaldo in Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min, a report suggests.
The Spurs may have been inconsistent in their past few outings, but Son’s goalscoring has remained steady. In fact, alongside Harry Kane, Son has been a reliable striker for Jose Mourinho, and clubs across Europe’s top five leagues are now considering a transfer swoop.
It has become a hot subject in both La Liga and the English Premier League that Son is now a target of Real Madrid, with the South Korean also keen to agree if Los Blancos can guarantee him “superstar status,” Spanish digital newspaper Okdiario reported.
Adding flare to Son’s Real Madrid link-up, Fox Sports reported that the reigning La Liga champions are also interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund youngster Erling Haaland. However, Los Blancos reportedly view Son as their “new Ronaldo.”
Okdiario, however, clarified that Son’s signing is “not advanced, and at the moment, it does not go beyond Real Madrid’s interest in a footballer who would add a higher dimension to the team’s game.”
Tottenham reportedly stalled Son’s contract extension due to financial difficulties. But despite the apparent interest from Madrid, the Spurs are confident Son will stay, with the 28-year-old expected to sign a contract extension that will reportedly run until 2023, according to The Telegraph.
Son has impressively scored 12 goals in 16 matches for Tottenham this season. However, he is still often seen by many as Kane’s co-star. In October last year, Spurs manager Mourinho was pinned down to comment about the issue.
According to the 57-year-old, Son has already made a name for himself professionally but could even be more famous if he manages to impress the fans off the pitch as well.
“Maybe our world doesn’t accept kids like him – discreet, humble kid, normal life, quiet life, incredible social behavior,” Mourinho said of Son. “Maybe the world doesn’t like top professionals like him. Maybe he should make some noise. He’s a rockstar when he plays.”
Whether Son’s issues with fame is true or not, Mourinho is well aware that his no. 7 is always humble when he plays.
“That’s the humility of a player. That’s Sonny,” Mourinho told reporters of Son’s key passes after Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Brentford Tuesday. “That’s the human nature. He’s like that. Some other guys they are not like that. For him it’s the team.”
“For him, for [Harry] Kane, for Lucas [Moura], for many the team is first and of course we depend a lot on the characteristics of some players,” he continued. “Sonny is one of them.”
Real Madrid Plans To Make Son Heung-Min ‘Next Cristiano Ronaldo,’ Report Suggests The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ International Business Times.