Southampton are looking to add Argentinian attacker Matias Soulé to their impressive forward line, according to a report in Football League World.
The Saints are on an incredible undefeated run, currently sitting second in the Championship after a 3-1 victory at Swansea City on Saturday. Now, boss Russell Martin is looking to find the difference between automatic promotion and a playoff spot and it is being reported that Juventus attacker Soulé is that man.
Soulé has found game time hard to come by at Juve but his current loan spell at Frosinone is proving far more fruitful. The club were tipped for the drop but find themselves in midtable, with Soulé contributing nine goals from his 19 matches so far.
This form has reportedly alerted Southampton who, despite being the second top scorers in the division, are looking to add to their firepower amid rumours of Premier League interest in 8-goal striker Che Adams. The St Mary’s side have found the net 53 times in 28 Championship matches, with top scorer Adam Armstrong notching 14 of those. Juventus are said to value the 20-year-old at the £30 million mark and reports claim the Saints are willing to meet that valuation to secure Soulé’s signature this season.
Juventus are believed to be in no rush to sell the Argentina Under 20 international as he is under contract until 2026 with the Turin outfit, with the club holding an option to extend that by one year. The Old Lady was said to have been willing to accept £20 million for the former Velez youngster but it would now require the Saints to break their transfer record to get their man.
This is a potentially huge financial outlay for Southampton, particularly with the race for promotion back to the Premier League looking like it could go right to the wire. The club won’t want to find themselves in the second tier next season with a £30 million signing plus presumably wages to match in the squad.
Soulé has only played 34 times in Serie A, with a good return of 10 goals, and such a large outlay represents a risk on such a young and inexperienced player who will be moving to a different country.