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Southampton ready to spend £23.8million to land Espanyol striker Leo Baptistao

According to Calciomercato, Southampton are among a number of clubs willing to meet the £23.8million release clause in the contract of Espanyol striker Leo Baptistao.

What’s the Story?

Reports in Italy claim that Espanyol forward Leo Baptistao is on the radar of a number of clubs around Europe including Southampton, Brighton, Roma and Genoa.

Under contract until 2021 with the Catalan Club, Southampton would need to bid £23.8million or more to land Baptistao, as per his release clause.

How good has Baptistao been this season?

Arguably his most consistent season in European football, Baptistao has found a home at Espanyol.

A regular in the side, the Brazilian has started 12 games this season, scoring three times and providing two assists. Played mainly as a central striker, the 25-year-old has alos been deployed on the right wing, where he has proved extremely effective at times.

One of the strongest points of Baptistao’s game is his ability to contribute to both offensive and defensive phases of play. He understands the game very well and is able to read teammates and opposition movement impressively.

Would Baptistao be a good signing for Southampton?

The one thing that Southampton are in desperate need of at this moment in time is an exciting attacker. Other than their 4-1 victory over Everton last weekend, the Saints have been miserably unentertaining in front of goal.

With manager Mauricio Pellegrino under increasing pressure from fans to improve the teams fortunes, a move for a Brazilian striker may help reignite some energy into a dreary-looking Saints squad.

Article title: Southampton ready to spend £23.8million to land Espanyol striker Leo Baptistao

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