Southampton were recently linked with Anderlecht ace Marco Kana, and the 18-year-old could prove to be a great addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.
According to Belgian newspaper Voetbalkrant, Southampton are still keen on the youngster ahead of the summer transfer window, although AC Milan are apparently leading the race to sign him.
The youngster has established himself as an Anderlecht regular in recent seasons after going through their academy and has now made 27 appearances for the first team, in which he managed one goal and one assist.
Kana can play both as a center-back and a defensive midfielder and has unsurprisingly earned comparisons with former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who currently manages Anderlecht and will undoubtedly give the player excellent advice. 18 years old on how to become a great defender. .
Would Kana be a good signing?
A Daily Mail article from last year suggested he had already been called the ‘next Kompany’, although he added that he would be keen to move to Liverpool if he made the move to the Premier League, which appears to be another hard blow. Southampton’s chances of signing him.
Kana is currently valued at £ 3.15million by Transfermarkt, although his Jupiler Pro League contract expires in 2025, so the Brussels side could demand much higher fees if Martin Semmens and Southampton take an official approach before next season. .
WhoScored describes the strengths of the Belgium Under-21 international as his passing, dribbling and stealing, while his main weakness is his ability in the air. So it’s easy to see why he might be more suited for a defensive midfielder role in the Southampton squad until he develops further, when he could perhaps be brought down to a position more defensive.
Kana certainly looks to have a bright future and could be a great long-term option for the Saints, especially if he lives up to his billing from the next Kompany as the Belgian has been a driving force behind Manchester City’s transformation to the Premier League. . .
Therefore, Semmens should do whatever he can to try to get Kana to St Mary’s this summer, otherwise he could become a top player elsewhere.
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