Mohamed Elyounoussi has conceded that he had concerns over his proposed move to Southampton in the summer transfer window due to a minor injury.
Speaking to Norwegian news outlet VG, as cited in a report from Tribal Football, the winger opened up on how he was initially fearful that his move from FC Basel to Southampton would not come to fruition.
Towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign, Elyounoussi picked up a knock for Basel, which appeared to affect his condition for a short while. The Norway international has been reflecting on how he thought that this would ‘ruin’ a potential transfer away from Switzerland.
It had been a bit tricky. I got hurt. It was annoying. I have been fortunate and lucky over the years and been only a little injured, so it was a bit uncool to get that injury at the worst possible time. I had to drop the national team in the summer and it could’ve ruined the transfer.
Elyounoussi’s move appeared to go through without any sticking points, however, as Saints wrapped up their second signing of the summer for a fee believed to be worth £16 million.
I was nervous about it, I was. I did not quite know how to solve the situation with the damage. Another club might have said no. But after the medical I spoke to my agent and he said the club was aware of the injury and that it wouldn’t affect the transfer.
The versatile attacker has not yet scored a goal in a Southampton shirt but has made a more than reasonable start to life in the Premier League.