This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Corriere Della Sera, Southampton and Wolves are interested in a January swoop for Atalanta wonderkid Dejan Kulusevski, who is currently out on loan at Parma.
Well, the 19-year-old prospect is certainly enjoying himself at Parma.
Kulusevski has scored two goals and recorded five assists in 12 Serie A starts this season, where he averages an impressive 2.6 key passes per game and 2.3 dribbles per game – the teenager also averages one shot per 90 minutes.
Manchester United and Inter Milan are also keeping an eye on the situation, with the aforementioned report revealing that the Italian giants are pressing hardest to sign him.
The report also states that both the Saints and Wolves are ready to offer between €17m (£14.6m) – €18m (£15.4m) to sign the forward.
Atalanta, however, would ‘gladly accept’ a sum of €25m (£21.4m).
As promising a prospect as Kulusevski appears to be, Southampton would be downright stupid to focus their efforts on signing him this winter, and would also be hugely neglecting their priorities.
Well, the Saints have so, so many issues at the back that it would be crazy of them to even think about signing someone who isn’t a defender.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season with 29 in just 12 games, while the former RB Leipzig boss clearly isn’t happy with his defensive options given how much he has altered his backline.
At left-back, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – a midfielder by trade – has filled in on the left of defence twice this season, whereas Hasenhuttl started another recognised midfielder in Stuart Armstrong at right wing-back against Everton last time out.
The Austrian has also recently given up on previous first-choice glovesman Angus Gunn – who conceded 25 goals in his ten league appearances this term – to hand Alex McCarthy a chance.
In attack, Hasenhuttl already has a seven-goal striker in Danny Ings, as well as an electric forward in Moussa Djenepo – that isn’t to say that the Saints’ attack is a phenomenal one, although it would be baffling to even think prioritising reinforcing an area that isn’t the defence in January.