Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have been warned off a move for Hamburg star Heung-Min Son, with director of sport Frank Arnesen also revealing that the club have not received an offer for the player.
The 20-year-old South Korean international continues to earn rave reviews in the Bundesliga, scoring twice in his side’s 2-1 win over Mainz at the weekend to take his current league total to 11 in 28 appearances.
It’s form that’s alerted Premier League clubs, with The Independent reporting last week that Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas led the race to sign the player ahead of Arsenal and others.
However, Arnesen insists that an offer has not been forthcoming, and that Hamburg are in discussions with the player over a new contract.
"He still has a year to go on his contract and we haven't had any offers from other clubs," Arnsesen told NDR TV.
"We are at a good stage with him and his contract extension so I am positive that we will extend with him for the long term. We have to ensure that we extend his contract as quickly as possible so that he can be settled."
And, in a warning to interested parties, Arnesen insists the club will do everything they can to keep Son at the Imtek Arena.
"Son, with his 20 years, is one of the players we would really like to keep hold of," he added.
"We are willing to push ourselves to our pain barrier for him."
Whether the 56-year-old's comments will stop either Andre Villas-Boas or Arsene Wenger making a move for the player remains to be seen, but with both the Gunners and Spurs keen on bringing the player to England, manager Thorsten Fink may have a fight on his hands to persuade the player to stay at his current home.