Southampton will struggle to sign Mohamed Elyounoussi even if they stay up

According to ESPN FC, Southampton are one of the Premier League clubs considering making a move for FC Basel forward Mohamed Elyounoussi, who is rated at £6.75m according to Transfermarkt, this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, ESPN FC says that Saints scouts, along with ones from their top flight rivals Arsenal and Leicester City, watched the 23-year-old attacker put in a man-of-the-match display in his side’s 2-1 win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Norway international scored one and assisted the other in the victory, and the south coast outfit are said to be long-term admirers of the influential forward, as they look to bolster their attacking options over the summer.

The report adds that Basel are bracing themselves to receive offers for the versatile player, who could be the next Basel product to make a big impact in England.

How well has Elyounoussi done this season?

The left-sided player has been brilliant, and he has scored seven goals and provided a further 13 assists in 31 appearances in all competitions for the Swiss outfit.

According to WhoScored.com, two of his main strengths are his dribbling and his ability to play through balls, and he has successfully completed 17 of the 26 take-ons he attempted in eight Champions League outings this term, while he may three key passes.

Would he be a good signing for Southampton?

He certainly would be, and it isn’t the first time they have been linked with him.

Saints have once again come up short from an attacking point of view this season and they need wide players that are going to bring goals and more creativity.

Elyounoussi’s record certainly suggests that he can do that, and the fact that he played so well against Manchester City and Manchester United in the Champions League more than hints that he can be a big success in the Premier League too.

Will they get him?

Of course, a lot will depend on whether they secure their Premier League status for another year as they are in real danger of going down right now.

In reality, even if they do stay up they may have missed the boat on bringing the Norway international to St Mary’s as now he has impressed in the Champions League and against Manchester City, he will likely be being eyed by much bigger clubs that Saints aren’t able to compete with.