Director confirms £9m Southampton target is leaving

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Southampton want to bring Josip Brekalo to the Premier League and Torino have confirmed that the Croatia international is leaving the Serie A outfit, speaking via Football Italia. 

With captain Andrea Belotti out of contract, with Spurs stepping up their interest in Wilfried Singo, with star Gleison Bremer all-but certain to leave, Torino really could have done without this. 

Il Granata were planning to trigger the £9 million purchase clause in Brekalo’s contract, having signed the skilful winger on loan from Bundesliga side VFL Wolfsburg in the summer of 2021. 

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But, despite scoring seven goals in 31 games while helping fire Torino to their best league finish in three seasons, Brekalo made it clear that he has no interest in sticking around for another year on Italian soil. 

So that’s their top scorer, their best winger, their most influential defender and their first-choice right-back, all potentially heading for the exit between now and September.  

Southampton target Josip Brekalo leaving Torino

“We had more than one meeting with (Brekalo), his agent and his father,” says Torino director Davide Vagnati. “Over the last few months, he has told us that he does not want to continue with Torino. 

“There are regrets. Brekalo has done well, he had a strong start and we were eager to invest in this important transfer to make his move permanent from Wolfsburg. 

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“We tried again last week, but he has his ideas and we must respect them. Torino want people with fire in their bellies, who really want to sweat for the shirt and wave our flag. It’s better therefore to focus on those who see Torino as their first choice.” 

According to Tuttosport, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton are looking to bring in a man who’s penchant for cutting inside from the wing have led to comparisons with the legendary Arjen Robben.

The Saints are expected to prioritise a new wide player. Theo Walcott, Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond could all depart in the near future. 

Kicker, however, believe Brekalo is prioritising a La Liga switch as things stand. A move to Atletico Madrid, you would presume, holds plenty of appeal.

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