Failing to impact games consistently at Southampton, Sofiane Boufal was loaned out to Celta Vigo last summer.
And amid a season where the 25-year-old has shown glimpses of his quality, the La Liga outfit could now look to buy him permanently at the right price, according to Marca (via Sport Witness).
A lot still needs to happen before Boufal gets that permanent move but, if he does end up getting just that, then here are two potential consequences for Southampton that could follow.
Change In Transfer Strategy
A lot of money was spent on Boufal back in the summer of 2016; at £16m, he became the club’s record signing when he joined from Lille (BBC Sport).
Considering that, his permanent sale, as well as the failures of recent big signings such as Mohamed Elyounoussi, could now see the Saints think twice before splashing out and force them into looking for bargains in the market instead.
In essence, Boufal and Elyounoussi’s struggles and the recognition that the signing of the former has simply not worked out through a permanent sale, might be enough to bring about a change in transfer strategy at St. Mary’s.
More Minutes For Josh Sims
A change in recruitment strategy, as a result of Boufal’s departure, could also see Ralph Hasenhuttl turn to some of the club’s more younger players if the Austrian ends up finding it difficult to fix certain areas of his squad under a new transfer policy.
Someone like Josh Sims, for example, is just one player the Southampton boss may turn to if his superiors are unwilling to fork out on a new winger, which would be sure to delight the midfielder as he’s struggled to secure a permanent place in the side in the current campaign.
Hasenhuttl recently praised Sims for his performance in a 3-1 win over Wolves (Southampton’s official club website), and more opportunities to impress in the future are likely to be presented to the 22-year-old should the Saints avoid the signing of another big-money wide man.