This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to the print version of The Sunday People, via HITC, Southampton are interested in taking Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo on loan for the season, and it makes perfect sense given their recent costly strategy.
Well, while Saints have added to their attacking ranks with the signings of Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo – as well as Danny Ings’ permanent stay at St Mary’s being confirmed – they are yet to add any new bodies to their defence.
The Telegraph reported following the arrival of Che Adams that signing a new centre-back was a priority, but with just a few days until the transfer window slams shut they are still yet to get one – they also have Maya Yoshida, Jannik Vestergaard, Jan Bednarek, Jack Stephens and Wesley Hoedt still on their books in that position.
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The Sunday People, via HITC, report that they are keen to bring the Barca youngster who can also play as a defensive midfielder to the south coast though, and the La Liga giants are happy to let him go on a temporary basis as they feel it would aid his development.
The idea of potentially developing a player for another club when Southampton have been so used to doing it with their own academy players in recent years is hardly appealing, but it is probably a necessity due to what has happened in recent years.
The likes of Moi Elyounoussi, Mario Lemina, Guido Carrillo and Wesley Hoedt have been brought in for large fees on sizeable wages, as per Spotrac, and have failed to make the grade at St Mary’s.
Saints have been actively trying to offload some of these players in the last couple of months if reports are to be believed, without any success.
They have tied down other first-team players such as Fraser Forster, Alex McCarthy and Charlie Austin to lucrative contracts that make them an expensive option for buying clubs too, which has ultimately left the squad bloated. Only Matt Targett, Jordy Clasie and Sam Gallagher have left thus far in this window.
With plenty of transfer risks failing to pay off the south coast team are left in a situation where a loan move for a player like Todibo works, because if he fails to shine they simply give him back, while you would assume that Barcelona will cover the majority – or at least part – of his wages.