In Focus: Southampton likely to miss out on Nicolas Gaitan deal as Swansea act

According to reports in The Sun, Southampton have suffered a huge blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas Gaitan with Premier League rivals Swansea City willing to hand the 29-year-old a £120,000-a-week deal.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail reported on January 11 that Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino was tracking the Argentina international as he looks to strengthen his squad before the January transfer window slams shut, with his team currently in the relegation zone.

However, The Sun says that fellow strugglers Swansea are ready to offer the attacker a bumper contract to convince him to come to the Liberty Stadium, with Atletico boss Diego Simeone likely to let him go on loan before next Wednesday with nobody keen to take him on a permanent deal.

That news could come as a blow to Southampton, who are still yet to bring anyone to St Mary’s despite agreeing a £75m deal to sell Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool before the window opened.

How has Gaitan done this season?

The 29-year-old has found first-team minutes hard to come by for the La Liga outfit, and it is one of the main reasons he is looking for a way out this month.

The winger has made 12 appearances in all competitions for Atletico – with the majority of those coming from the substitutes’ bench – while he has failed to score a goal or provide an assist in those outings.

The Argentina international has struggled to make an impact ever since his move from Benfica in 2016, and he has four goals and five assists in 48 matches in total for the Spanish club.

Will Southampton match Swansea’s offer?

Probably not, no.

While Saints are clearly keen to bring in a new winger having lost out to Everton for Theo Walcott, it seems as though their top target is now Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes, according to The Telegraph.

However, if a deal for the Dutchman isn’t possible then the south coast outfit could switch their attentions back to Gaitan – a player Pellegrino knows well – although they may not be willing to match the £120,000-a-week offer given the player will turn 30 next month.