Southampton have been credited with an interest in Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car recently, and he could be a superb addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Southampton will be keen to add a new centre-back to their ranks following Jannik Vestergaard’s move to Leicester City earlier this week, and Hampshire Live journalist Tom Leach has named some of the defenders that could be available to the Saints in a recent article, writing:
“Former Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak, free agent Gary Cahill and Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car are amongst the players thought to be available to the club this summer – but it is expected that Caleta-Car may command a fee outside of the club’s price range.
“The Croatian defender, who first made a name for himself playing for Red Bull Salzburg, has been tipped to land a move this summer amid interest from West Ham United.”
Whilst Leach suggests that Caleta-Car could be outside of the club’s price range this summer, they have raised over £50m in player sales so far this summer, whilst also getting deadwood such as Mario Lemina and Wesley Hoedt off the wage bill at St Mary’s.
Although some of that income was spent on signing Adam Armstrong from Blackburn Rovers, there should be plenty left in the bank as Southampton consider a new centre-back this summer, and Caleta-Car certainly looks to fit the bill.
At 24-years-old, the £22.5m-rated defender would align with Hasenhuttl’s process of signing younger players to develop, and could potentially be sold for a big profit in the future.
The Croatian is highly rated by former Saints man Dejan Lovren, with the defender suggesting last year that:
“In my opinion, Duje could easily play in England. He is physically very strong, stronger than other players. He will explode in a few years and become even stronger.”
Therefore, he could be a great long-term investment by Martin Semmens, and he should definitely look at bringing him to St Mary’s following Vestergaard’s departure.
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