Date: 26th June 2019 at 6:10pm
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Southampton fans have been reacting on social media to a possible departure at St Mary’s.

However, Celta Vigo will not pay the €16million (£14.34 million) option to buy fee in Sofiane Boufal’s loan deal according to a report in Spain. Atlantico has claimed the club are interested in signing the midfielder, but they value him at €8 million (£7.17 million). The report also claims the player is keen on making the permanent switch.

The Moroccan joined Saints for £16.83 million from French side Lille three years ago and whilst on loan, he scored three goals and provided four assists in last season’s La Liga campaign. The midfielder has two years remaining on his Saints contract if the option to buy is not taken up by the Spanish club.

Transfers at the club have been slow so far, with just one new arrival confirmed, Moussa Djenepo. However, now the boardroom shake-up has been completed, the hierarchy can now push forward in the transfer window.

Supporters offered a mixed response to the news, with some believing Boufal should be given a chance in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team, whilst others think he should be sold, even if it means taking a loss on the 25-year-old. He is now valued by Transfermarkt at £10.8 million.

 

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