Southampton reject Verona's offer for Super Eagles midfielder, Ligue 1 duo also interested 

Published: August 23, 2023
Southampton reject Verona's offer for Super Eagles midfielder, Ligue 1 duo also interested can exclusively report that Southampton have rejected an offer from Italian Serie A club Hellas Verona for Joe Aribo.


Aribo is among the players The Saints are looking to cash in on following their relegation to the Championship but the offer from Verona did not meet their valuation of the Super Eagles midfielder. 


Roméo Lavia, Tino Livramento, James Ward-Prowse, Mohammed Salisu and Mislav Orsic have all been moved on in this window and there's a chance that Nigerian trio Aribo, Paul Onuachu and Nathan Tella could join them out of the St Mary's exit door before next Friday's transfer deadline. 


Verona made a loan offer with an option to buy him at the end of the 2023-2024 season, but Southampton turned down the initial proposal for Aribo.


Verona have not given up on their pursuit of the former Rangers dazzler and will make another offer for the Nigerian before the transfer window closes. 


Two unnamed French Ligue 1 clubs are monitoring the situation of Aribo with a view to a potential swoop for the versatile midfielder, who is also capable of playing as a winger, box-to-box midfielder and support striker. 


Aribo arrived at Southampton for a fee of £6 million and including performance-related add-ons, the amount could increase to £10 million. 


The 27-year-old has appeared in 30 official matches for Southampton, scoring two goals.



Ifeanyi Emmanuel 



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