Southampton win race for exciting teenager Jankewitz

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Southampton have beaten a number of European clubs – including Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – to the signing of Servette teenager Alexandre Jankewitz.

What’s the story?

Southampton completed most of their summer transfer business early in the window, with Angus Gunn, Jannik Vestergaard, Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi all arriving, although Danny Ings also made the move on deadline day.

The Saints opened their 2018-19 Premier League season with a goalless draw against Burnley, and there is certainly pressure on head coach Mark Hughes to succeed this season due to the money that has been spent.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, there will soon be another new signing at St Mary’s, with Southampton securing a £1.35m deal for Servette midfielder Jankewitz.

Tottenham, Man United and Juventus were all credited with an interest in the 16-year-old, but Southampton have reportedly won the race.

It is quite a coup for the Saints when considering the clubs that were in the running, and it will be very interesting to see how the Swiss develops in the English game.

What are Jankewitz’s credentials?

Jankewitz does not turn 17 until the latter stages of this year, but has already been making waves in the youth system at Servette.

Indeed, he has scored twice in 22 appearances for Servette’s Under-18 outfit, and is also a nine-time international with Switzerland’s Under-17 team.

Jankewitz mainly operates as a holding midfielder, but can also play further forward, and already stands at just under 6ft.

Southampton will surely look to introduce the Swiss to their Under-23 set-up later in the season, with the view to a future first-team role at St Mary’s.

It remains to be seen just how the teenager copes with the English game, but the fact that Southampton have beaten a number of huge clubs to his signature is a big statement of intent, and shows that while vice-chairman Les Reed may be unpopular with some after the last couple of years, he is still the right man for the south coast outfit.