This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Southampton announced on Friday morning that they had completed the signing of Augsburg centre-back Kevin Danso on a season-long loan deal with an exclusive option to buy, which should ensure they have no chance of repeating their previous Toby Alderweireld mistake.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 9, 2019
Well, it looked as though Saints were set to end the window without making a new addition on deadline day, but news emerged shortly after the 5pm cut-off point that they had submitted a late deal sheet.
It wasn’t until after 10pm on Thursday until the confirmation that the formalities had been completed, with the move officially announced by the club on Friday.
The fact that it is a loan deal for the 20-year-old, with an exclusive option to buy, suggests that the south coast outfit have learnt their lesson after what has happened in the past.
Saints signed the Belgium international on a season-long loan deal in the summer of 2014, but presumably with no concrete agreement that the move would become permanent the following summer.
As explained here by Sky Sports, the south coast outfit thought they had the option of purchasing the now Tottenham Hotspur man for £6.9m in June 2015, but Atletico Madrid let their deadline pass to negotiate with Spurs, who were willing to offer more money – they eventually paid £11.5m for him.
Southampton even launched a late £14.2m bid for him, but it was too late.
This time around with Danso they shouldn’t have the same issues, seeing as they have ensured they have an exclusive option to bring him to St Mary’s if things work out well, and can send him back to Augsburg if they don’t.
Following a number of poor decisions in recent years such as giving current outcast Fraser Forster a five-year contract as one of the club’s best-paid players, and spending big money on the likes of Moi Elyounoussi, Guido Carrillo and Mario Lemina who have all ultimately flopped, it is good to see another sensible decision has been made.
Things may just be changing for the better under the tutelage of chief executive Martin Semmens, director of football operations Ross Wilson and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, then.