Southampton have been linked with a move for Vitoria Guimaraes winger Marcus Edwards recently, and the Portuguese side have now reportedly set a fee for the former Tottenham Hotspur man.
According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Southampton would have to pay just £14 million to sign the Englishman in the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old has been in superb form for the Liga NOS side since joining on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2019.
In 46 appearances for Vitoria, he has contributed an impressive 10 goals and 11 assists, as he quickly found his feet in Portugal following disappointing loan spells away from Tottenham Hotspur in previous seasons.
During his time with Spurs, former manager Mauricio Pochettino compared him to Lionel Messi, but he wasn’t ever really able to live up to those immense expectations, as he made just one appearance for the senior side in his time with the Lilywhites.
However, Edwards’ former teammate at Excelsior Rotterdam backed this claim up in 2019, saying:
“He is of a bizarre level, what he can do is really not normal, I have not experienced a better player in my career, and Mauricio Pochettino did not make that comparison with Messi for nothing,”
“He was referring to his way of moving and there is really something in him.”
Therefore, it seems clear that Edwards is seriously talented, and it is no surprise to see him attracting Premier League interest now that he has shown his quality in the Portuguese top-flight, as he averaged a superb 7.38 rating for his performances last season.
If Southampton could sign the tricky winger for just £14 million next month, it could spell trouble for Nathan Redmond, considering the former Norwich City man has failed to contribute a single goal or assist so far this season, which has seen him average a very disappointing 6.39 rating.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see if the Saints can sign the £11.7 million-rated Edwards in the January transfer window, and whether or not he could establish himself as a key part of Hasenhuttl’s side.
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