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Southampton in talk with a Turkish side over summer deal agreement

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According to rumors in Turkey, Southampton loan star Paul Onuachu expects his parent club to strike an arrangement with Trabzonspor over his future before the transfer market opens.

 

The Saints will need to make numerous decisions on some big-money assets this summer, especially if they fail to regain promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt, with the first leg of their semi-final against West Bromwich Albion taking place later today at The Hawthorns.

A lot of Southampton players are on loan and have uncertain futures at St. Mary’s Stadium. Carlos Alcaraz, who will remain on loan with Italian giants Juventus until the end of the season, and Onuachu could be sold for a reasonable fee this summer.

This will be especially useful if Martin’s players stay in the Championship, as parachute payments are significantly reduced in the second season after a team is relegated from the top flight. Alcaraz and Onuachu will be sellable assets to assist offset the loss.

Last week, Turkish outlet Sabah reported that Onuachu is keen to remain at Trabzonspor and has even started getting involved in negotiations between his loan club and Southampton. However, other publications in Turkey have claimed that the Karadeniz Fırtınası have given up in their pursuit of the Nigeria international due to the English side refusing to budge on their asking price, which is rumoured to be around £10 million.

Nonetheless, Sabah has produced a new story suggesting that the 29-year-old hopes the Saints and Trabzonspor can reach an agreement on a permanent deal soon and wants his future decided before the summer transfer window opens in a few weeks.

Writer’s View

The problem for Onuachu right now is that he still has two years left on his contract at St. Mary’s Stadium. Furthermore, Southampton paid £18.6 million for the Nigerian last season, so it makes little sense to lose him for half that amount 18 months later.

However, if the Saints fail to return to the Premier League, Onuachu is a player who might fetch a high price and has already found a buyer in Trabzonspor. The striker’s future is likely to become clearer after the play-offs conclude.

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