Back in June, we relayed news from Germany that RB Leipzig identified Southampton star Armel Bella-Kotchap as one of the targets to bolster their defence.

The 21-year-old is also on the agenda of both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

That’s according to Sky Deutschland, who state the two Bundesliga giants are set for a battle to sign the Southampton player.

Bella-Kotchap swapped VfL Bochum for the Saints last summer and his fine displays has helped him make debut for Germany in September 2022.

The centre-back has a contract until 2026 and could leave the English club this summer after they were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Sky state the defender is on the Bavarian club’s target list and have asked about him as they try and plan a future without Benjamin Pavard.

BVB are also in the picture to sign the Southampton star and have been dealing with this case for a long time. It’s said Dortmund are ‘pushing’ to sign Bella-Kotchap on a loan deal but the two parties have not yet found an agreement.

It’ll be interesting to see where the Germany international will play beyond this month, as he could be on the verge of taking a big step forward in his career.