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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