Southampton have been linked with Borussia Dortmund ace Thomas Delaney recently and he could be a superb addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s midfield next season should he make the switch to St Mary’s this summer.
According to ESPN, Southampton are set to make a move for the 29-year-old, who has become a fringe player at the Bundesliga club due to the rise of Jude Bellingham this season.
The Denmark international has just one year left on his contract at Signal Iduna Park and the report suggests that he would cost somewhere in the region of €10m (£8.6m), which marks him out as a viable option for the Saints this summer after Hasenhuttl confirmed that they would target players under £10m.
After a superb debut campaign which saw him contribute three goals and five assists in the German top flight, earning an impressive 7.13 rating for his performances from WhoScored, he has lost his regular starting spot at the club in recent seasons.
He has managed just 19 appearances in the Bundesliga this term, six of which have come from the bench, whilst his performances have earned him a subdued 6.69 average match rating from WhoScored.
However, he has still shown his worth at times, earning the praise of BVB’s sporting director Michael Zorc after he produced an “outstanding” performance as a centre-back earlier this season.
The fact that the Danish midfielder can fill in at centre-back and in multiple positions across the midfield immediately suggests that he is the sort of player who would be greatly appreciated by Hasenhuttl at Southampton, as the Austrian has definitely shown a preference for versatile players during his time at St Mary’s.
Delaney would add plenty of experience and versatility to Southampton’s side ahead of next season, and whilst he might find it tricky to oust a midfield duo of James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu, his relatively cheap asking price definitely suggests that this is a deal worth doing. Therefore, Martin Semmens should definitely look to bring him in.