Southampton starlet Carlos Alcaraz is a transfer target for Premier League outfit Fulham ahead of the January transfer window, but the Cottagers will be forced to pay a hefty price tag.
Alcaraz moved to the St. Mary’s Stadium back in January for £12 million from Argentine side Racing Club. It was even confirmed that the Saints would pay a 15 percent sell-on fee to his former club if the player is sold in the future.
The young midfielder came to the club at a difficult time as Southampton were relegated within his first half-season. However, Alcaraz was certainly one of the only standout performers during this period, scoring four Premier League goals in 18 games.
This season, the 20-year-old has made 12 appearances in all competitions for Southampton, including 10 in the Championship and has received interest from Newcastle United, according to talkSPORT.
Furthermore, The Sun revealed that Portuguese league champions Benfica and Bundesliga side RB Leipzig were keen to sign the Argentinian central midfielder. Football Transfers reported that Southampton slapped a price tag of £30 million on the youngster, almost three times what they paid for him less than a year ago.
Nevertheless, just a few days after this report by Football Transfers, the club announced that Alcaraz had penned a new five-year deal, despite signing a four-and-a-half-year contract when he first joined in January.
Regardless, the Evening Standard have still claimed that Premier League side Fulham are eyeing up making a move for Alcaraz when the winter window opens as Marco Silva looks to add depth in the middle of the park.
Southampton placed a price tag of £30 million on Alcaraz before he signed a new deal so this may have even risen since.
Alcaraz signing the contract shows that he’s happy at Southampton but this could change should the club fail to gain promotion back to the Premier League. In that case, Fulham will be waiting.