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The Athletic: Spurs close to contract extension deal with Son Heung-Min

It’s always Sonnier in North London.

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Son Heung-Min has successfully made “the leap” from talented winger to one of the best attacking players in the Premier League and most important players at Tottenham Hotspur. So it’s no surprise then that Spurs are keen to keep him around for as long as the possibly can.

The Athletic is reporting today that Spurs and Son are close to an agreement that will extend the Korean attacker in a lilywhite shirt and commit his future to Tottenham for the remainder of his peak years. The agreement is not confirmed, but the implication is that it won’t be long until something is announced that would bring Sonny’s wages up towards the top of Spurs’ scale alongside Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele.

It’d be no less than Sonny deserves. He’s formed an almost telepathic connection with Kane this season, scoring 60 goals in all competitions since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015. He last signed a new contract in the summer of 2018, and a new deal would keep him happy and motivated.

The elephant in the room is that Sonny is 28, and reliant on his pace as much as his ability with the ball. In that light, a new deal could give the club additional leverage, possibly paving the way for him to be eventually sold for an extremely high sum in a year or two. Nobody likes to think about the idea of selling Sonny (least of all me!) but if the club plays things smart, an eventual sale of a slightly-past-peak Son could be a pretty lucrative way for Spurs to eventually refresh the squad again.

But that’s an issue for another day. Nobody can deny that Sonny’s been one of Spurs’ best players over the past few years, and he absolutely deserves a new contract on huge new wages. Hopefully we’ll find out soon whether that’s the case.

The Athletic report also states that Hugo Lloris is likely next on the list to receive a new contract deal; he will enter into the last year of his existing contract at the beginning of the 2021-22 season.