Southampton have reportedly made winger Sofiane Boufal available for transfer – and are ready to take a considerable hit on the player.
According to a report from French publication Foot Mercato, the Saints are prepared to listen to offers for the Morocco international, who cost a then-club record £16 million to sign from Lille back in 2016.
Barring some exciting glimpses, it’s been a largely underwhelming spell on the south coast for Boufal, who did also have a loan spell away at Celta Vigo in 2018/19.
In 84 Saints appearances, he has scored just five goals and made five assists.
His poor form means Southampton will not be able to demand too much for him, especially with his contract expiring next year.
Southampton have therefore put a €4m/£3.5 million asking price on him, meaning the club stand to take around four times less than what they originally paid.
Foot Mercato add there is some interest in the player from Spanish club Real Betis.
TBR’s View – Poor Saints business
Southampton’s track record in the transfer market is generally quite good, but Boufal has represented poor business.
His attacking returns of just 10 goals and assists is very disappointing, and it is the right decision to try and get some money from his sale before he walks for free.
The £3.5 million asking price shows that Southampton know full well clubs won’t be comfortable paying a premium price for the £65,000-a-week player (Spotrac).