Southampton Likely To Beat Newcastle To Top Transfer Target

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Southampton seem to be willing to sell one or two of their top players every summer to keep the money flowing into the south coast club.

And the latest player who will be sold this summer will be former Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk who they bought for £13M on a five year contract two years ago from the Scottish giants.

Virgil was also a transfer target for Newcastle back then – it’ s a pity we didn’t sign him.

23 year-old Ruben Semedo of Sporting

His value has soared since then with some of the big clubs willing to offer a massive fee for the 25 year-old 12 times capped Dutch International, after some commanding displays for the Saints in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are three of the club willing to pay the big bucks (reports are the fee will be over £50M) for the defender, so the Saints are unlikely to be short of transfer funds this summer.

And according to Portuguese newspaper Record, Southampton are expected to offer €20m (£17.4M) for Newcastle target Ruben Semedo, which is the Sporting Lisbon asking price for their 23 year-old talented center-back.

That will be a bigger bid than Newcastle have made which is reported by the Record as being just €12m plus €3m in bonuses – €15M.

Semedo has a €45M release clause in his contract, but Sporting are asking less than half of that as a realistic fee for their player.

Apparently the Saints have been watching Semedo since their former manager Ronald Koeman was at the club between 2014 and 2016.

It will be interesting to see if Rafa rates Semedo and therefore  go back in with a bigger offer, if Saints do indeed bid €20M for him.

What do you think?

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