Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of Hamburg striker Son Heung-Min as Andre Schürrle departs to Chelsea.
Son has signed a five-year contract with Leverkusen in a deal announced today. This was announced on the same day when Andre Schürrle’s transfer to Chelsea was officially confirmed by the London club. Although Schürrle is a big loss for the German side, in Son they might have found an able replacement.
The 20-year-old has had a fantastic season with Hamburg, where he scored 12 goals and provided two assists. The South Korean was one of the prime reasons why Hamburg managed to finish in the top half of the table and were even in contention for a Champions League qualification spot at one stage – although they eventually finished seventh, three points behind Frankfurt.
Andre Schürrle’s transfer to Chelsea was on hold until the German club had signed an adequate replacement. Leverkusen Chairman Wolfgang Holzhauser confirmed both the deals and expressed his delight at the capture of such a talented young footballer.
“We have made it clear from the very beginning that Andre Schürrle’s transfer to Chelsea would only be feasible providing we had an adequate replacement. By signing Heung Min Son to a long-term contract we’ve brought in a top-class alternative. Therefore, from our perspective, there’s nothing else standing in the way of Andre Schürrle moving to England.
“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.” – Holzhauser was quoted in press.
Bayer Leverkusen Sporting Director Rudi Voller is also confident that Son will excel at the club and will help Leverkusen in achieving their goal next season.
“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.” – Voller said.
Son is a very versatile forward. Although he has largely played up front for Hamburg last season, he can also play as a right winger, left winger or in the hole behind the striker. The 20-year-old has all the attributes one can associate with a Korean footballer: pace, stamina and agility. Last season, he has shown maturity beyond his years, and it looks like Leverkusen fans might get over the loss of Schürrle sooner than expected.