According to Spanish media outlet Sport, Southampton are set to finalise the €12m (£10.6m) signing of Barcelona defender Marlon Santos, and lots of Saints fans have been quick to react to the rumour.
Sport report that the La Liga champions have decided to cash in on the 22-year-old having recalled him halfway through a two-year loan spell with Nice, with Mark Hughes set to bring the Brazilian to St Mary’s.
Should he arrive on the south coast, he will be competing with the likes of Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida, Wesley Hoedt, Jan Bednarek and rumoured new boy Jannik Vestergaard for a spot at the heart of the defence, while he could also provide competition for Cedric Soares too given he has played as a right-back previously.
Lots of Southampton supporters, who have been discussing a potential return for a former Saints favourite with one saying they would “love to have him back at St Mary’s”, have taken to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said “wow, if we can get him and Vestergaard the defence is sorted”, another said “it means Yoshida is leaving”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
surely with him and vestergaard potentially joining theres got to be a defender on his way out soon
— Nick (@saintsnick21) July 10, 2018
Following his World Cup exploits, is there maybe a final big payday for Yoshida looming somewhere else? Fair play to him if so. Great servant to the club and deserves it #saintsfc
— The Perturbed Mole (@PerturbedMole) July 11, 2018
Sure he plays RB as well which we lacked good cover for last year. And hopefully unlike Cedric he might be able to cross a ball
— Alan French (@AlanFrench9) July 11, 2018
Good we need two new centre backs and need to get rid of two of Stephen hoedt and brednaek
— James Callen (@jamescallen1) July 10, 2018
Good news, get rid of Stephens and then have Vestergaard, Marlon, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bednarek fighting for 3 spots at CB.
— Chris (@cj_garrett) July 10, 2018
Can Marlon also play RB?? Cause that's another logical reason why we are signing him as back up to Cedric #SaintsFC
— Ethan Evans (@FightEvansFight) July 10, 2018
— Charlie Mercer (@Charlie_Mercer_) July 11, 2018
I have a feeling if we sign Marlon aswell, it means yoshida is leaving, weren't there rumours before world cup of him going #saintsfc
— pathways closed! 😭 (@Legendoftelfer) July 11, 2018
If we sign Marlon does that mean one of our CB’s will 100% leave? We’d have 6?! #saintsfc
— ✍🏼 (@CoastDzn) July 10, 2018