Although the end of his first season in Ligue 1 will have been marred by controversy – notably his opposition to the league-wide anti-homophobia campaign – Zakaria Aboukhlal’s impressive performances have attracted interest from clubs around the continent.
The 23-year-old scored 15 goals in all competitions, as he helped the promoted side to a comfortable midtable finish and a Coupe de France win – including a goal in the final against Nantes. Having only joined last summer from AZ Alkmaar, though, Aboukhlal could already be on the way out.
L’Équipe have confirmed initial reports from the Daily Mail that all of Brighton, Real Betis and Bayer Leverkusen are interested in the forward, whose contract with Les Violets expires in three years’ time.
Although Toulouse are publicly insisting that they will hold on to Aboukhlal no matter what, L’Équipe indicate that they are expected offers close to €15m. The three clubs that are interested, however, are likelier to be offering €8m-€10m. The club have identified Belgian attacking midfielder Bryan Limbombe of Roda JC as his potential successor.
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin