Report: Southampton and Brighton want Anderlecht starlet Francis Amuzu

Vincent Kompany of Belgium during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match between Belgium and Scotland at King Baudouin Stadium on June 11, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

Francis Amuzu stood out at the U21 European Championships for Belgium but is a move to the Premier League next up with Saints and Brighton linked.

Francis Amuzu midfielder of Anderlecht  during the Jupiler Pro League match between RSC Anderlecht and KRC Genk on December 02, 2018 in Anderlecht, Belgium, 2

South Coast rivals Southampton and Brighton are both going head to head to sign Anderlecht forward Francis Amuzu, according to Het Laaste Nieuws.

The Saints have already signed one highly-rated attacker from Belgian football this summer, paying big to bring in Moses Djenepo from Standard Liege. And the Ghana-born Belgium U21 international Amuzu could be about to follow Djenepo to the Premier League.

A versatile winger who prefers to play on the left but is also more than capable of starring on the right or through the middle, the 19-year-old made his breakthrough last season with 35 appearances in all competitions.

 

In an ideal world, an Anderlecht side plotting the RCSA2.0 movement under new player-manager Vincent Kompany would love to keep a player who stood out at the U21 European Championships this summer with his rapid pace.

GhanaSoccerNet claimed recently that the former Manchester City captain wanted Amuzu to be a key player in his new regime.

Vincent Kompany of Belgium during the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier group I match between Belgium and Kazachstan at the King Baudouin Stadium on June 08, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium

But Amuzu, who caused eventual tournament winners Spain huge problems off the bench in the group stage, is out of contract in the summer of 2020 and Anderlecht have been unable to tie him down to fresh terms.

As a result, the Belgian giants may be forced to sell in order to avoid losing Amuzu on a free – and this opens the door for Southampton or Brighton to sign one of the country’s most exciting attackers for a cut-price fee.

Joakim Maehle of Krc Genk and Francis Amuzu of Anderlecht fight for the ball during the Jupiler Pro League match between RSC Anderlecht and KRC Genk at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on...

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