Boufal Only Second Option For Celta Vigo
Tuesday, 21st May 2019 14:28
Celta Vigo have an agreed 15 million euro transfer fee clause with Saints for Sofiane Boufal, but it looks unlikely they will buy unless the cost reduces.
Sofiane Boufal has now finished his time at Celta Vigo on loan and the question is whether he will return later in the summer, certainly his time there has not been a disaster and he has been a regular starter when fit, but like his time at St Mary's although he has shown glimpses of genius he has often been frustrating and it's felt that Celta Vigo will look elsewhere next season as their first option by the Spanish Press.
The media are saying that both the transfer fee and his wages would be a problem for them, on the first Saints would probably be prepared to listen, they not only want the money in for their own spending, but need his wages off the books, but only the player can decide whether he is willing to take a drop in income in order to facilitate a full time move.
So it looks likely that Boufal will return to Staplewood in July for pre season training with Saints, it will give Ralph Hasenhuttl his first opportunity to work with the player and also Celta Vigo some breathing space to lok at alternative options.
It seems that their first option is to find a player at a lower transfer fee and less wages, if they don't find that then they are likely to come back to the table and try and find an agreement between all parties.
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