Southampton have been linked with a move for Manchester City midfielder Yangel Herrera recently, and the Venezuelan could be a superb addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad this summer.
According to The Telegraph, Southampton are expressing an interest in the 23-year-old, who has spent the last two seasons on loan with Granada in La Liga.
Crystal Palace and West Ham are also said to be interested in the midfielder, who could cost as much as £20m, as City look to raise funds in order to afford big-money moves this summer, with top targets Jack Grealish and Harry Kane both likely to cost north of £80m.
During his time at Granada, Herrera has made 82 appearances, contributing 10 goals and five assists, and was a key part of their run in the Europa League last season.
During the 2020/21 campaign, the Venezuela international would make 32 appearances in La Liga, contributing three goals and one assist to his name, averaging a solid 6.79 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
He was also very impressive for Diego Martinez’s side in the Europa League, managing two goals and one assist in just 10 appearances, averaging a 7.00 rating from WhoScored, which suggests that he would add some quality and experience to Hasenhuttl’s midfield.
Considering the Saints struggled last season in the absence of Oriol Romeu, adding more depth in midfield should be something of a priority for the Austrian manager this summer.
Herrera has won a lot of plaudits in the past, winning the praise of Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira during his time at New York City, with the Frenchman saying:
“He’s a tactically intelligent midfielder who is strong in the tackle and reads the game well. Yangel also has good passing range and spatial awareness, which is crucial for a player in his position.”
Therefore, he could be an excellent addition to Hasenhuttl’s squad both now and for the long-term future, so Martin Semmens should definitely look to bring him to St Mary’s.
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