Southampton have been linked with Colombian winger Santiago Moreno recently, and if he were to join Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side this summer, it could be a repeat of the deal which saw Sadio Mane move to St Mary’s in 2014.
According to The Telegraph, Southampton, Leeds United and Rangers are all interested in signing the 21-year-old this summer as he continues to impress with Liga Dimayor side Deportivo de Cali.
His style of play has been compared to current Liverpool winger Mane, and given the latter’s impressive performances with the Saints between 2014 and 2016, Moreno could certainly prove to be a hit on the south coast next season.
Mane was signed by Southampton from RB Salzburg back in 2014 and made 75 appearances for the Saints in two seasons, contributing 25 goals and 14 assists before completing a £34m move to Liverpool in the summer of 2016.
Therefore, that signing by Southampton certainly proved to be a masterclass from Les Reed, who had a big role in signing the Senegal international, and there seems no reason why the potential signing of Moreno couldn’t be a repeat of that.
This season has seen the youngster manage six goals and four assists in all competitions, which is more than any winger in Hasenhuttl’s squad has managed, with Stuart Armstrong’s four goals and five assists in the Premier League the most of any wide player at Southampton.
Therefore, the Colombian could certainly add a threat in the final third and ease the pressure on Danny Ings and Che Adams as Southampton’s main goalscorers next season, especially as the likes of Nathan Redmond, Moussa Djenepo and Theo Walcott have all struggled to contribute regular goals and assists in the Premier League this term.
Certainly, if Moreno could go on to have a similar impact to Mane at St Mary’s, then he would definitely be a worthwhile signing for the Saints this summer, so current vice-chairman Martin Semmens should definitely be looking to bring him in.