Southampton are interested in signing another Chelsea wonderkid Tino Anjorin despite the attacking midfielder being currently on a season long loan at Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow.
The 20-year-old is currently in London taking the last steps to overcome a broken metatarsal sustained in Russia and In the process of cutting short his loan deal with Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow this month.
Chelsea had been willing to agree to a buy-option(£17m) for Anjorin with Lokomotiv Moscow back in the summer, but with Ralf Rangnick gone to Manchester United from the Russian Premier League side, and Anjorin himself currently recovering from a major injury (broken metatarsal).
The 20-year-old is in the process of cutting short his loan deal with Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow before moving again this month according to reports and Southampton are ready to take advantage of the glorious moments in signing the Chelsea youngster.
EXCL: Southampton are in talks with Tino Anjorin over a permanent move.
– Chelsea previously valued him a £17m at Lokomotiv Moscow, but he has now cutshort his loan
– If he stays, Saints will try again in the summer & he’ll go on loan to the Championship. #CFC
Speaking to the media earlier in January, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said :
“Young players that can’t make it at Chelsea or Man City are welcome here,
“We will give them the platform and want to create new stars.”
The link between Southampton and Chelsea has grown stronger over the last year.
Southampton signed right-back Tino Livramento and centre-back Dynel Simeu from the Londoners and also took striker Armando Broja on loan.
Anjorin cannot join Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side on loan as they already have one Chelsea player on a temporary deal, but talks have been opened over the possibility of a permanent transfer before Monday’s deadline.
If that cannot be reached a loan to the Championship for the attacking midfielder, who is just about recovered from a broken metatarsal, is the most likely to come to Southampton in the summer.
Also, Southampton have gone public about their interest in signing Armando Broja who is currently on loan at St Mary’s from Chelsea.
“Sure [we can sign him], he likes it here,” Hasenhuttl said.
“He loves it here. It would be great if he was our player, he wants to be with us I think, you can feel this in every moment.
“The fans love him meanwhile, good.”
However, having committed himself to Chelsea until at least the summer of 2026, it will be difficult to price away the Cobham youngster who is keen to make his own impacts in Stamford Bridge like his precessors.
“Having come through the Academy here it was a special moment for me to make my first-team debut last year… I want to build on these foundations and I am really looking forward to progressing and making an impact at Chelsea in the years to come.’ He said.