Kgaogelo Chauke, the Southampton midfielder who was born in South Africa, is apparently attracting the attention of Manchester City.
Having joined Southampton from Thatcham Town in 2017, Chauke signed his first professional contract in January 2020. On 19 January 2021, Chauke made his first professional appearance in Southampton's victory over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup.
When Chauke, who was born in Pretoria but relocated to England with his family when he was just a year old, impressed in the Saints' academy squad, the club promoted him to the first team. In January, he made his senior debut against Shrewsbury, a match in which the Saints won the FA Cup.
According to talkSPORT, the 18-year-performances old's have piqued the interest of a slew of clubs in the intervening period, with Ralph Hasenhuttl's side finding themselves in a difficult position as they attempt to hold on to their starlet, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
An array of clubs from around Europe are said to be keeping an eye on Chauke's contract situation and may attempt to sign the England U18 international as a free agent next summer.
Bundesliga clubs Borussia Monchengladbach and Anderlecht, where Percy Tau previously played, as well as Premier League giants Manchester City, are rumored to be interested in the youngster.
The attacking midfielder has been named on the Southampton bench a number of occasions, but has yet to make an appearance in an English Premier League game. He could be enticed away from the Saints by the prospect of regular first-team football somewhere.
Chauke is one of three South African-eligible players who are currently registered with an English Premier League club, the other two being Khanya Leshabela of Leicester City, who is currently on loan at Shrewsbury Town, and Bradley Cross, who is currently playing for Newcastle United's U23 team.
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