Blackburn Rovers and Southampton are unlikely to facilitate a swap deal involving Adam Armstrong and Michael Obafemi this summer, as per a recent report by the Lancashire Telegraph.
There has been talk recently that the Saints striker could be used as a bargaining tool in a potential deal to take the Rovers man to the South Coast.
However it now seems that this is unlikely to happen, due to the difficulties that are experienced with swap deals.
The transfers themselves are historically a rarity in football and there are various factors that can usually prevent them from being done.
For one Southampton will have their own valuations of both Armstrong and Obafemi and Blackburn will have theirs, which means a compromise would have to be reached between the two clubs.
In addition to this there is also the small matter of both players agreeing to the move whilst also accepting personal terms with their prospective new clubs, which is something that can be time consuming.
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Both players are currently into the last year of their contracts, as their long term futures remain unclear.
It’s clear that Southampton are attempting to find a way to meet Blackburn’s asking price for Armstrong and including Obafemi in the deal is a clever idea.
However as mentioned earlier in the article, it all seems a bit of a flash in the pan concept and therefore appears to be something that Rovers will not consider.
I do feel that it is only a matter of time before the striker does indeed leave Ewood Park and I think that Blackburn are simply being cautious as they want to benefit well financially out of the player’s expected departure.
The money they get for him will be most welcome and I can certainly see them bringing in a ready made replacement once the move is done and dusted.