Steaua president Gigi Becali hints at reason behind Southampton's failed Nicolae Stanciu move

Nicolae Stanciu in action for Romania

The Romanian international has been the subject of transfer offers this summer.

Nicolae Stanciu in action for RomaniaNicolae Stanciu in action for Romania

Southampton were recently heavily linked with a move for Steaua Bucharest talent Nicolae Stanciu.

It was reported by Sport that Southampton were all set to sign the player for a fee of around £7 million earlier this week.

Of course there has been little progress on the deal and Southampton are now getting close to the signing of Sofiane Boufal from Lille instead.

Romania's Nicolae Stanciu in action with France's N'Golo KanteRomania's Nicolae Stanciu in action with France's N'Golo Kante

So what happened to the Stanciu deal?

According to a report from Digi Sport in Romania it appears that Southampton’s £7 million bid was far from enough to convince Steaua over a move.

They carry quotes from the club’s owner Gigi Becali, in which he had this to say regarding the transfer, saying there had also been interest from a third-party:

"I've a written offer from an investment fund, worth £ 10 million. I do not know what will happen. I can tell you one thing: he's a player worth between £7 and £15 million."

Steaua Bucharest's Nicolae Stanciu (R) in action with Chelsea's Frank LampardSteaua Bucharest's Nicolae Stanciu (R) in action with Chelsea's Frank Lampard

Speaking after the game with Manchester City this week Stanciu stated:

"I do not know what the future holds, but I feel very good here and I want to have bigger performance at Steaua."

But for Southampton to sign the player it seems they will need to significantly up their offer for his services.

But with the club already set to break their transfer record for a similar player in Boufal, it would appear that a move for Stanciu is far from likely at this moment in time.

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