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Southampton transfer news: Saints ‘ready to throw themselves’ at Wolfsburg star Josip Brekalo

Josip Brekalo Torino

Southampton are being linked with Wolfsburg star Josip Brekalo despite a current agreement with Torino already being in place. 

Southampton are looking to bolster their attacking options with Brekalo being touted as their top priority. This comes after the winger has had a solid season on loan with the Serie A outfit.

Torino signed Brekalo on an initial loan deal with an option to buy upon the expiration of the loan.

This is according to a report from Tuttosport, who state that the club have until May 15 to make a decision.

The report also includes the likelihood of the Croatia international sealing a move to Turin as a 99.9 percent chance.

There have been ongoing talks between Torino and Wolfsburg, although nothing is set in stone yet.

The potential of a discount was also discussed according to the report. However, the German team have ‘reiterated a hundred times’ that this will not happen.

As aforementioned, Torino’s option to buy deadline expires on May 15. The report states the deal is worth around £9.3million which is very good value.

If the Italian club don’t make a decision in time then the Saints may swoop for the player.

Southampton’s interest in Brekalo

Torino’s option to buy has not deterred Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team from approaching Wolfsburg to hijack the deal. Even though it would be a ‘sensational twist’ to end the Croatian international’s saga.

Southampton are ‘in the lead’ and are willing to ‘throw themselves’ at Brekalo.

The Saints’ attacking department is spread quite thin, much like the rest of their team. Hasenhuttl’s camp currently only contains four recognised wingers which isn’t enough.

In the 2020/21 January transfer window, the Saints bolstered their ranks by signing Takumi Minamino from Liverpool.

The signing of Brekalo seems very similar to the Minamino acquisition although, if a deal is met, it is likely to be permanent.

Southampton have only scored 41 goals in the Premier League so far this season. This figure is very low and is only two higher than Leeds, who have been without Patrick Bamford for the majority of the season.

How well has Brekalo done this year?

Within Torino’s team, the 23-year-old has been ever-present so far this season. He has appeared 42 times, during which he has achieved an average rating of 6.72, according to WhoScored.

Throughout his senior career, the Croatian international has displayed an impressive ability to veer away from tight situations and produce key passes.

During his season at Torino he has provided his team with eight goals and four assists so far.

Although these stats may not seem compelling, a signing of Brekalo’s calibre would improve Southampton’s dire need of depth.

He would be available at a cut-rate fee and would likely be a welcome addition to Hasenhuttl’s team.