Southampton have reportedly agreed their 19th summer transfer deal as Yan Valery moves closer to another loan deal away from the club.
According to a report from Football Insider, Valery will join the Greek giants on a temporary deal for the 2021/22 season in a bid to get some first-team football.
Having signed Tino Livramento from Chelsea to provide competition for Kyle Walker-Peters, Saints have two quality right-backs and that has pushed Valery down to third-choice. The Frenchman did play in the League Cup win over Newport County but would be limited to cup appearances if he stayed at St Mary’s for this campaign.
Valery follows up a loan deal at Birmingham City last season with another move away now and will be hoping to hit some good form whilst playing in front of Olympiacos’ passionate home support.
Valery a casualty of a summer of change at Southampton
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Yan Valery has not done a lot wrong in his Saints career so far. He has made a few mistakes in games but that is to be expected from most young players adjusting to top level football.
He had worked his way into a strong position in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad when the Austrian first arrived but a gradual sorting of the group of first-team players and, indeed, a bout of glandular fever saw Valery drop down the pecking order.
He joined Saints over six years ago and worked his way into the senior ranks after coming through the later years of the club’s academy and has gone on to make 41 appearances across all competitions.
Perhaps his finest moment in a red and white striped shirt came back in 2018/19 when he scored a brilliant goal at Old Trafford in a 3-2 loss for Saints against Manchester United, but now he looks set to get the chance to challenge for the Greek Super League title with 46-time winners Olympiacos.
If this deal is confirmed, it will be Saints’ 19th summer deal after the following moves:
Romain Perraud, Theo Walcott, Dynel Simeu, Tino Livramento, Adam Armstrong, Armando Broja (loan), Thierry Small, Lyanco
Kayne Ramsay (loan), Jake Vokins (loan), Angus Gunn, Wesley Hoedt, Alex Jankewitz, Mario Lemina, Callum Slattery, Will Ferry (loan), Danny Ings, Jannik Vestergaard