Southampton have been linked with Anderlecht ace Marco Kana recently, and the 18-year-old could prove to be an excellent addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
According to Belgian news outlet Voetbalkrant, Southampton are still keen on the youngster ahead of the summer transfer window, although AC Milan are seemingly leading the race to sign him.
The youngster has established himself as a regular at Anderlecht in recent seasons after coming through their academy and has now made 27 appearances for the first team, in which he has managed one goal and one assist.
Kana can play as both a centre-back and a defensive midfielder and has unsurprisingly earned comparisons to former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who currently manages Anderlecht and will undoubtedly be giving the 18-year-old excellent advice on how to become a top defender.
An article from the Daily Mail last year suggested that he has already been labelled as “the next Kompany”, although it added that he would be keen on a move to Liverpool should he make the switch to the Premier League, which is seemingly another blow to Southampton’s chances of signing him.
Kana is currently valued at £3.15m by Transfermarkt, although his contract with the Jupiler Pro League side is set to expire in 2025, so the Brussels outfit may demand a much higher fee should Martin Semmens and Southampton make an official approach ahead of next season.
WhoScored describes the Belgium under-21 international’s strengths as his passing, dribbling and interceptions, whilst his main weakness is his ability in the air. It is therefore is easy to see why he might be more suited for a defensive midfield role in Southampton’s side until he develops further, when he could perhaps be moved back to a more defensive position.
Kana certainly looks to have a bright future and could be a great long-term option for the Saints, especially if he lives up to his billing of the next Kompany, with the Belgian having been a driving force behind Manchester City’s transformation in the Premier League.
Therefore, Semmens should do everything he can to try and bring Kana to St Mary’s this summer, as otherwise he might go on to become a top player elsewhere.