Sport French clubs keen on Boufal move

22:15  13 june  2018
22:15  13 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Emmanuel Petit feels Boufal's struggles are down to his individualism

  Emmanuel Petit feels Boufal's struggles are down to his individualism Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Emmanuel Petit has been discussing Sofiane Boufal’s shortcomings at Southampton. The Gunners legend sat down with the French media in recent times and spoke about a number of current issues, including Boufal’s predicament on the South Coast. Boufal wants to leave the club this summer, as he has confirmed himself, with a lack of progress having been made following his £16m move from Lille in 2016. The Moroccan international was excluded from his country’s 23-man squad for the World Cup recently after being exiled from Southampton’s first-team plans towards the end of the season. Concerns have been raised regarding Boufal’s attitude and it seems a summer move is on the cards, with his frosty relationship with new Saints boss Mark Hughes well-publicised. Petit has been giving his verdict on why Boufal has not lived up to expectations, reasoning the struggles with the player’s alleged individualism on the pitch. “Whenever he’s had playing time at Southampton, he was constantly forgetting his partners.” Petit also drew comparisons with PSG playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa, who was similarly accused of being greedy during his stint with Newcastle some years ago. “He reminds me a little of Hatem Ben Arfa – talented on the ball, able to make a difference but on the pitch, he plays to score and does not take notice of what is going on around him.

Hit 10 goals for his former French club last season. The 21-year-old is quick but may have to wait for a sustained chance in the side. Tottenham’s outgoing head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell, is believed to have been a keen of admirer of Boufal before the club pursued alternate options.

– Antonio Conte has authorised a move for Sofiane Boufal . The French prospect’s representatives are meeting with Chelsea – as well as – Gonzalo Higuaín’s agent has made it clear that the striker will not renew his contract at Napoli with several English clubs keen on the 28-year-old (The Guardian).

A host of Ligue 1 clubs are interested in signing Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal this summer.

According to Le Parisien, OGC Nice and Stade Rennais are both keen on a deal for Boufal over the coming months.

The report claims that both clubs are waiting for the chance to bring Boufal back to France.

This comes after a falling out with Southampton manager Mark Hughes towards the end of last season.

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Boufal has struggled over his two years in England, failing to live up to his price tag on the south coast.

He now looks set to leave Southampton this summer and a return to France appears the likeliest route for the forward.

Everton making move for French defender

  Everton making move for French defender Everton are one of a number of clubs who have been tracking French youngster Issa Diop this summer, according to the Daily Mail. Fellow Premier League sides Fulham and West Ham are also keen on the player who currently plays for Toulouse in the French top division. He has featured for his nation’s under021 side and is highly thought of in France with his reputation continuing to grow. His current side are happy to listen to any offers, but are wanting £26 million for the player if they were to sell him. Money would be no problem for Everton, who are well backed and are preparing to make a move for the player. The Toffees backline is an ageing one and some fresh impetus of younger players is thought to be needed. A central defender would be the kind of player which the club would be looking to bring in with options in this department sparse.

With plenty to discuss at the start of the week, here is a round-up of everything surrounding the club on Monday. Lille winger Sofiane Boufal is a target for Manchester United this winter The highly-rated forward has been heavily linked with a move to England, with Louis van Gaal’s side being keen suitors.

Juve: keen on Schar. 19 November at 16:39. club ’s coach Cesare Prandelli has declared that the Holland international won’t move ; another option could be Angers 21-year-old Sofiane Boufal could leave during the next transfer window because of the financial problems that the French club could

Boufal joined Southampton from Lille in 2016, for a fee in the region of £16m – but has never been able to nail down a regular place in the starting XI.

The report also claims that, despite Boufal wanting the move, Marseille are not interested.

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Arsenal keen on deal for Ligue 1 centre-back .
Arsenal are reportedly keen on a summer deal for Toulouse defender Issa Diop, but look set to miss out on his signature as West Ham close in on a transfer. The young Frenchman enjoyed yet another fine season in his homeland of France with Toulouse, attracting interest from a whole host of clubs across Europe. Calciomercato, who cite L’Equipe, claim that Arsenal are among the clubs who have expressed a desire to recruit Diop this summer. However, it appears as though the Gunners may have joined the race for Diop’s signature too late in the day, with Manuel Pellegrini’s new side close to completing a deal stated to be worth €25 million. Diop has long been dubbed as one of France’s brightest young talents and it seems after seasons worth of speculation, he is finally set to secure a move to the Premier League. Unai Emery has been eyeing promising central defenders since his arrival, with Freiburg star Caglar Soyuncu targeted.

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