Southampton told to dig deep for youngster tracked by Milan

Date published: Tuesday 30th March 2021 5:55 - Neil Foster

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Southampton are reportedly still keen on Anderlecht youngster Marco Kana but could face a battle with AC Milan for his services.

Kana, 18, has come up through the youth ranks with the Purple & White. The youngster made his debut last season and enjoyed 12 starts among 15 appearances in the Belgian First Division A. Head coach Vincent Kompany has used him more sparingly this term. The defender has played just eight times and made four starts.

But he has certainly caught the eye, with Serie A title-chasing Milan thought to be keen. Voetbalkrant (via Sport Witness) are reporting that the Italian giants are ‘serious’ about the schemer this summer.

They have already done business with the Belgian club, signing midfielder Alexis Saelemaekers in January 2020. And it may well be that they return for Kana in the off-season.

The report adds that it could be a busy summer for Anderlecht, with a number of youngsters targeted. Sambi Lokonga, 21, is another player tipped to leave Lotto Park.

But Milan will not have it all their own way when trying to sign the cream of Anderlecht’s emerging talent. Saints were linked with Kana back in November last year and ‘there is still interest’ from the south-coast club.

It is not known if the DR Congo-born starlet favours England or Italy. But it was reported that he is becoming frustrated by a lack of action.

Kana won’t come cheap

Anderlecht are no longer the powerhouse they once were in European football. The business model appears to be developing players to sell on at a healthy profit.

And it seems as though they will not let their young players leave for anything less than they want this summer.

The report states that it will take a ‘sum that cannot be refused’ for any club to stand a chance of landing Kana. There is no mention of any figures involved or whether Southampton would be prepared to match their demands.

It seems inevitable that Ralph Hasenhuttl will attempt to freshen things up at the end of the season. It has been a woeful second half of the campaign and he needs fresh faces to give the club a lift.

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Had it not been for a stellar first four months, the St Mary’s outfit would be right in a relegation dogfight. As it is, they are still only seven points clear of the drop zone.

Next up is the visit of Burnley on Sunday when action resumes following the international break.

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