Celta Vigo’s option to buy clause in their deal for Sofiane Boufal is priced at €15 million, according to Marca.
The La Liga outfit completed a season-long loan move for the Southampton winger during the last summer transfer window, with the Moroccan not figuring in Mark Hughes’s plans at the club.
Boufal struggled in his first two seasons at St Mary’s Stadium and was involved in a dressing room bust-up with the former Saints boss during the team’s 3-2 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League last term.
The former LOSC Lille star has hardly enjoyed a strong season in Spain, either, and has been a part of Celta’s underperforming team who are fighting for their lives down at the bottom of La Liga.
When the deal for Boufal was announced, it was claimed that the Spanish side would have the option to make the winger’s stay permanent should he impress enough on loan.
No figure was disclosed, but it seems now that Celta will be forced to spend a sizable sum on the player.
Marca reports that the La Liga strugglers are reluctant to spend the €15 million fee on Boufal at the end of the season, and a lower price would need to be negotiated.
Sofiane Boufal's four goals for Southampton so far
Sunderland (H), 2016/17
Boufal introduced himself to the St Mary’s faithful with a wonder goal on his full debut. He plucked the ball out of the air before curling home exceptionally to send Southampton past Sunderland in their route to the EFL Cup final.
Middlesbrough (H), 2016/17
Boufal was again the hero in a narrow 1-0 win, this time in the Premier League. He drove a long-distance effort into the back of the Boro net on his weaker left foot to secure Claude Puel’s side a victory.
West Brom (H), 17/18
Boufal netted one of the club’s greatest ever goals as Southampton beat West Brom 1-0. He ran from inside his half past the challenges of several Baggies players before coolly slotting the ball into the bottom corner, clinching three points in a dull match for the hosts.
Tottenham Hotspur (A), 17/18
Boufal’s most recent goal for Southampton wasn’t a significant one. His low effort beat Hugo Lloris at Wembley Stadium, but it wasn’t enough to claw the Saints back into the match as Tottenham defeated them 5-2.