Arsenal and Liverpool striker target Son Heung-Min has opened the door to a possible exit from Hamburg.
The 20-year-old South Korean international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Imtech Arena, with AS Monaco, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and the two Premier League clubs all linked with a move.
Son’s sights now appear set on life away from Hamburg, admitting that he’s unlikely to pen a new contract with his current club, despite negotiations opening for a new four-year deal.
“It’s very hard to say that I will renew at the moment,” he told Bild, according to Metro.
However, Hamburg remain hopeful of keeping the player, with general manager Frank Arnesen revealing they have no plans to sell the youngster at this stage.
"As I have said, Heung-Min Son is under contract until June 2014. In his case, we have a huge limit. We want him to stay at Hamburg. He simply has to believe in the future of this club,” he told the Hamburger morgenpost newspaper, according to SkySports.
"We have the ambition to challenge for a berth in a European club competition during the next new season. We need our players."
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the player on a number of occasions since the start of October, with The Daily Mail reporting that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was monitoring his progress amidst a striker crisis on Merseyside last month.
Luis Suarez currently shoulders the goalscoring burden alone at Anfield, with Fabio Borini missing through injury and Andy Carroll loaned out of Liverpool.
The report in Metro claims a bid of £8 million ‘should be enough’ to persuade Hamburg to sell, but Liverpool will know they face competition from the Gunners in the race for the signature.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also been linked with a move for the player over the past few weeks, and has a track record of bringing Asian players to the Emirates Stadium.
Junichi Inamoto moved to north London in 2001 but failed to have an impact for the Gunners, but there is hope that recent addition Ryo Miyaichi could be a star of the future for Arsenal.