Graziano Pelle is to leave Southampton for China in a £13m move, despite interest from AC Milan, Chelsea Everton and Juventus, according to the Press Association.

The Italy international has only a year left to run on his contract at St. Mary's and has increasingly been linked with a move away from the south coast.

Ronald Koeman was keen to reunite with the Italian at Everton, while Juventus spied taking him back to Italy; and of late, AC Milan were also linked with entering the race, along with Chelsea.

But Pelle has decided his future will be best served by a lucrative switch to China.

Southampton will earn a fee of £13m for the former Feyenoord player, meaning they will realise a profit on the striker.


Pelle turns 31 next week and the Saints may feel they are earning a good price from his departure.

The striker's move to Southampton and success in the Premier League saw him called up to the senior Italy squad in 2014 and he has now won 17 caps for his country, scoring seven goals, while he turned out at Euro 2016.

It remains to be seen whether Pelle can hold onto his international spot while playing in China.