After cutting short his loan spell in the Russian Premier League, the Blues wonderkid is pondering his future move.
Following Ralf Rangnick’s departure to Manchester United, Southampton are in talks to recruit Tino Anjorin from Chelsea after he cut short his loan at Lokomotiv Moscow.
The 20-year-old is currently in London, finishing up treatment for a broken metatarsal he suffered in Russia.
The Blues had previously included a £17 million ($20 million) buyout clause in their loan agreement with Lokomotiv, and would be willing to accept a similar fee for the homegrown talent.
What if he decides to stay at Chelsea?
The Saints will attempt again in the summer if they are unable to sign Anjorin in January.
Instead, Chelsea will likely loan him out to a Championship club, with many clubs already inquiring about the attacking midfielder’s availability.
A Chelsea FC correspondence for Goal took to his twitter page to confirm the moves.
See post below:
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
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 27, 2022
With so many attackers in his roster, Thomas Tuchel admires the indigenous talent who was regarded as the finest of his generation but is unable to guarantee first-team minutes.
After Rangnick was stolen by Man Utd, Russia is no longer considered as the greatest environment for Anjorin.
In the first place, the sporting director turned head coach was the driving reason behind the transfer.
Why are Southampton stealing Chelsea players?
Hasenhuttl’s philosophy is increasingly focused on delving into the Premier League’s top six academies and providing the best young players a chance.
Southampton have already enlisted the services of Chelsea’s Tino Livramento and Dynel Simeu. Meanwhile, ex-Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters has been given a key role in the first team. Nathan Tella of Arsenal and Thierry Small of Everton are also present.
They aren’t trying to hide their strategy, with the Austrian coach coming out and stating it plainly.
“Hasenhuttl stated earlier in January that “young players who can’t make it at Chelsea or Man City are welcome here.” “We want to produce new stars and will provide them with a platform.””
They’ve also made their interest in Anjoinsigning Chelsea’s Armando Broja, who is presently on loan at St Mary’s.
Hasenhuttl answered, “Sure [we can sign him], he enjoys being here.” “He is ecstatic to be here. It would be fantastic if he were our player; he seemed to want to be with us at all times.
“In the meanwhile, he has a lot of fans.”
The Albanian international will be at the top of the club’s shortlist, but he will most likely have to wait until the conclusion of the season to see if Tuchel would give him a chance in west London.
West Ham is thought to be one of a handful of clubs that have expressed an interest in the 20-year-old.