Report: Southampton could lose star as club prepare loan recall

Toby Alderweireld

Atletico Madrid are looking at recalling Toby Alderweireld from his loan with Southampton.

The 25-yar-old Belgian international is currently on loan at St Mary’s Stadium, and he has been a key player for the Saints.

He had played 14 games and scored one goal in the Premier League prior to an injury suffered at the start of January. Although he is recovering well, there is no indication that he is close to returning to competitive action, and his loss in the defensive line could be the thing that costs the Saints Champions League qualification.

Due to his success on the South Coast, there have been reports that suggest Southampton will look to make the move a permanent one in the summer, utilising the purchase clause in his contract. As reported by the Mirror, negotiations have already started concerning the purchase of his full player rights, and for all intents and purpose, it appears as if Alderweireld himself would be keen on the move.

However, the Saints' plans could be scuppered heading towards the end of the season, with Spanish media outlet Marca - quoted by Sport Witness - claiming that Atletico de Madrid are keen on bringing the Belgian defender back to the Vicente Calderón. The report states that Joao Miranda has been listed for sale, and Diego Simeone is assessing his defensive options ahead of the new season.

Due to the right-to-purchase option in the loan deal, Atletico would have to pay €1.5 million to cancel the clause, as it guarantees Southampton an €8.5 million transfer. There is no indication that talks have started between the two parties concerning the deal, but Ronald Koeman should remain wary for the rest of the season, and be preparing for the potential loss of Alderweireld.

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