Southampton attacker Sofiane Boufal has been linked with a move away from the club throughout the summer. Now, reports in France are suggesting that Nice are set to make a move for the player.
It was first reported in July that the French side were keen on Southampton’s exciting playmaker.
Now, L’Equipe is reporting that Nice’s recent takeover has them in a position to make a move for the Southampton player. The report claims that an offer of €10 million (£9.1m) is to be made by the club in the coming days
However, regardless of any bid, it would seem the player is going nowhere. He took to Twitter yesterday evening to give his take on the news breaking from France.
Je tiens à démentir toutes informations concernant un éventuel transfert cet été , je suis à 100% focus sur mon club de @Southamptonfc prêt et motivé à faire une bonne saison et à aider le club #comeonsaints ⏳💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/3NmpCS634g
— sofiane boufal (@sosoboufal19) August 21, 2019
The Moroccan international stated that he denies any talks over a transfer to Nice and that he is ‘100% focused’ on playing his football with Southampton this season. He states he is ‘ready and motivated’ to try and secure a regular place in the Southampton squad.
As reported by The Independent, Southampton broke their club transfer record to buy Boufal from Lille for a fee in the region of £16 million back in August 2016.
He spent last season out on loan with Celta Vigo after falling out with previous Saints boss Mark Hughes.
But Ralph Hasenhuttl has looked prepared to give him a chance and he featured in the opening game of the campaign against Burnley.
If he can find the consistency to go with his undoubted talent, then a committed Boufal could be like a new signing for Southampton this season.