Southampton’s hopes of offloading bit-part winger Mohamed Elyounoussi have been boosted, amid reports that Serie A club’s Genoa and Atalanta are interested in buying him, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.
The Norway international has failed to make an impact at St Mary’s since arriving from Basel for £19m last summer. Indeed, he failed to score or assist in the Premier League last season and didn’t finish in the top five in a single attacking metric per game last season, with his performance against Manchester City in December slated by fans online, via HITC.
The 25-year-old is yet to find the net in a Southampton shirt and has fallen behind Nathan Redmond, Soufiane Boufal and new signing Moussa Djenepo in the pecking order at Saints, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl keen to strike a deal for the wide man.
Reports in Turkey (Fanatik) suggested that Elyounoussi would be heading to Super Lig titans Besiktas before the European transfer window closes on 2nd September, with Saints open to a potential loan move for their midfielder.
However, it has now emerged that the Norwegian could be moving to Italy on a permanent basis. Both of the aforementioned clubs are thought to be interested in the former Basel man, with Southampton looking to recoup €14m for his services.
Considering the fact Boufal – who averaged more key passes, dribbles and shot per game than the Norwegian while on loan at Celta Vigo last season – is back in the squad does only increase the competition for places for a man who made just 16 appearances in the league last year.
Redmond, of course, was the club’s second-top scorer last season and the big-money signing of Djenepo would suggest he’s a man wanted by the Saints boss, so it’s hard to see Elyounoussi getting much in the way of first-team football.
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