We’ve been hearing talks about Son Heung-Min’s reported and long-awaited contract extension at Tottenham Hotspur for months now. Sonny’s current contract runs through the 2022-23 season, meaning unless he signs a new deal it’s likely he’ll be sold or look to move a year from this summer.
It looked like he was close to announcing a deal to extend his stay back in the early part of the year, but there always seemed to be something delaying those talks — from waiting for the “right time” to Jose Mourinho getting fired to waiting for a new manager and not wanting to be a distraction.
There’s an update now and it’s hopeful, but we’re still waiting.
Tottenham are still in talks with Heung-min Son agents to reach an agreement on contract extension. Spurs board ‘confident’ to complete the agreement soon, once the new manager situation will be clarified. ⚪️ #THFC #Spurs— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 3, 2021
Sonny is an incredible footballer and an even better human being, but he’ll be 30 when his original contract expires. My guess is that if Sonny does sign a new deal it will be short term and for very high wages — I’ve seen reports of anything between £200k - £250k/wk — meaning the clock is ticking on Spurs’ ability to capitalize on his peak years.
If you’re taking an impersonal view of the situation the time to sell Sonny would be THIS summer while he’s coming off of his best-ever goal tally while at Spurs and his value is at its peak. However, COVID is depressing the market, and with Harry Kane also agitating for a move it would be a really, really bad idea to sell both of them in one summer. Better to keep Sonny around and happy for a couple more years in order to give the club time and leverage to bring in a replacement before sending him off.
Everything Fabrizio says in that tweet gives me hope we’ll see a new contract for Son, but I’m positive it won’t be announced until after the new manager is named.