Bella-Kotchap to Southampton on record deal

By Peter Vice

The transfer of Germany U21 international Armel Bella Kotchap from VfL Bochum to Premiership side FC Southampton is complete. 

The German club sets a new outgoing transfer record with the sale.

The ink is now officially dry on a sensational transfer reported upon earlier in the day. Bundesliga club VfL Bochum will net, what is for them, a record transfer fee of €10 million for center back Armel Bella Kotchap. Though the transfer fee was not officially disclosed, VfL sporting director Sebastian Schinzierlorz effectively confirmed that his organization earned quite a bit on the sale.

“After eleven years in the 2. Bundesliga and two years in which the Corona pandemic has left a financial, the VfL is entering unprecedented economic dimensions with his transfer,” Schindzierlorz noted in a transfer, “We can now once again offer the club a broader financial foundation.”

The 43-year-old administrator made certain to praise the player as well.

“His development has garnered both nationwide and international attention,” Schindzierlorz added, “The step up to the Premier League will constitute a challenge. We wish him all the best at his new club and much success in England.”

Bella-Kotchap’s reported €10 million sale doubles the existing VfL Bochum outgoing transfer record. The 1848ers sold Leon Goretzka to Schalke in 2013 for approximately €5 million.

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