southampton, Fabrizio Romano: Southampton poised to sell 22-year-old, €20m price tag set

Fabrizio Romano: Southampton poised to sell 22-year-old, €20m price tag set

Southampton are likely to sell Armel Bella-Kotchap this summer with a price tag of around €20m set, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

Southampton saw a number of players move on following relegation to the Championship last summer.

Among them was centre-back Bella-Kotchap, who joined Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven on loan. The 22-year-old looked promising at Premier League level but ultimately, his time in The Netherlands has been disrupted by injury.

southampton, Fabrizio Romano: Southampton poised to sell 22-year-old, €20m price tag set
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Question marks surround the futures of many who will be returning from loans this summer, and fresh claims have now emerged over Bella-Kotchap’s fate.

Writing on X, reporter Fabrizio Romano has said that Southampton are ‘likely’ to sell the German defender when he returns to St. Mary’s.

Clubs from Germany, Italy and England are keen with a price tag of around €20m (£17m) set.

A summer exit awaits?

With Bella-Kotchap drawing interest from elsewhere, Southampton may well take the chance to raise some funds by selling a player who doesn’t look to fit into Russell Martin’s plans.

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There’s no doubting that he’s a promising defender but his stock hasn’t risen quite as hoped this season. The Paris-born prospect has played just six times for PSV’s first-team, with a long spell out injured leaving him out of favour upon return as the Eindhoven outfit cruise to the Eredivisie title.

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For that reason, cashing in now may be wise. There looks to be interest, and the Saints can get a good fee for his services.

While Southampton are gearing up for the play-offs, those behind the scenes will have eyes on the summer transfer plans, part of which could include offloading Bella-Kotchap.

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