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Could Vietto Move Lead To Another Toby Alderweireld Situation ?
Wednesday, 12th Jul 2017 13:14

Arron Sanders considers whether a loan move for Luciano Vietto lead to another Toby Alderweireld situation ?

Saints have been cautiously manoeuvring the transfer market so far, looking for the right deal to strengthen a side that many felt underachieved under Claude Puel last season.

With Jay Rodriguez going to West Brom for £12m, a new centre-forward could be on the agenda, although with Pellegrino’s preference to play 4-2-3-1, you would imagine that 3 strikers would be enough.

News first emerged from Sky Sources last night, but reports in Spain have a bit more information on the news that Southampton are interested in signing Luciano Vietto from Atletico Madrid, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, where he scored 10 goals and picked up five assists in 31 appearances.

Saints are said to be either interested in a loan or a full transfer for the Argentine Striker, while Atletico Madrid would only consider a temporary exit, most likely as they would prefer to see how the forward develops before selling him on.

However Saints must be cautious having been burnt by Atletico is the past in a deal involving Toby Alderweireld, and loan deal must come with a fixed option to buy in my opinion.

Much like they did with Sevilla, the La Liga side are asking for money up front for the loan deal, but have this time increased their demands from €3m to €5m.

That’s a high amount for a season loan deal, and will test Pellegrino's desire to bring his compatriot to St Mary’s, but he clearly saw something in him last season in La Liga if he’s turned to him for his new club.

What do you make of Saints dealing with Athletico Madrid again? Do you agree we need to ensure the right deal is in place this time round?

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patred added 14:01 - Jul 12
Atletico are as slippery as eels.
Hope we have learnt a few lessons from that Toby debacle.
A cast iron loan deal with the final buying fee, or better still a 'proper' transfer

Jesus_02 added 14:19 - Jul 12
I thought we got our fingers burned because we didn’t even put an offer in until it was too late and then we tried to negotiate the price.

The deal with Atletico was actually quite good in that we had agreed the fee £6.9m ahead of the loan deal. But with Liverpool like arrogance Les decided to re-negotiate based on the fact that Toby wanted to make the move permanent.

On the plus side I’m pretty sure that Les will have learned from that experience and as a result we have VVD :)

IWOZTHERE added 14:32 - Jul 12
This summer is slipping away. We're losing rumoured targets wholesale. We only have nine or ten proven quality Prem. League 'warriors' in the squad yet we continue to be associated with 'cheapies' or loan deals. Potential is great but we already have a squad full of 'nearlies'?
Are we on a promise of a big transfer kitty if the club 'sale' goes through? Is that why any big deals are on hold, whether in or out? Delay over this issue is dangerous and needs sorting pronto. Big cash won't help if all the quality options have 'gone'.

Jesus_02 added 15:42 - Jul 12
IWOZTHERE: We will not be making any big purchases this summer. We tend to only spend what we re-coup. So unless we want to sell VVD and Bertrand then we are not going to be buying anyone. We did a great job of selling Jay Rod that allowed us to get the defender in. Maybe we we have 5/6m knocking about but I cant see us spending that as its hardly going to improve the squad!

Even with the present sqad i think we will be more entertaining than last season. We may struggle for goals still if we get injuries but unless we spend big (and big for us is 20m +) we are not going to improve up front

highfield49 added 16:15 - Jul 12
I think you're probably correct Jesus_02 that there wont be any massive spending provided our main squad members remain untapped. It wouldn't surprise me though if Tadic were to be replaced by Vietto or similar. Pellegrino could favour a return to the high pressing style that lots of us loved to watch in the past and, despite the stats, I think Vietto is a better finisher. I don't see any problem dealing with Atletico, I seem to recall that the contract negotiator for the Alderweireld deal is no longer employed at St Mary's.

bstokesaint added 18:45 - Jul 12
Iwozhere, I think you do us a disservice. I'd say there were just a handful of players last season that let Puel and the club down. If we retain our current squad and strengthen in the right areas I think we'll be just fine. Loan deals aren't always a bad thing, as long as you're not one of these clubs like Watford where nearly all your players belong to another club!

SaintBrock added 21:14 - Jul 12
Trouble is our fans can't handle a "quiet window" which Reed has promised a couple of times. After all 'what we have' earned us 8th place in May so we're hardly starting as no hopers even if we buy nobody.

patred added 21:31 - Jul 12
A quiet window means standing still. Standing still in PL terms means stagnating.
Every EPL must try to move forward with the enormous funds generated by TV. Other clubs are queueing up behind us waiting to take our place.

SaintBrock added 15:11 - Jul 13
Not teams with young players who are improving all the time surely? Why would a change of personal guarantee anything? We will not be standing still, we have a new manager who might be better than the last one

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