Southampton confident of beating Barcelona to Caceres

Southampton remain confident of signing free-agent Martin Caceres despite Barcelona’s emerging interest, The Daily Echo reports.

What’s the word?

Southampton are on the verge of signing free-agent Martin Caceres and are confident of a deal for the Uruguayan defender going through, despite the recent emerging interest of Spanish giants Barcelona.

Barcelona have started looking at avenues for a signing at right-back following a devastating injury to Aleix Vidal, which has left the player sidelined for the remainder of the season, leaving them with only Sergi Roberto as a capable option.

Whilst Roberto has impressed at stages this season, the young Spaniard was one of many underperformin players in Barcelona’s remarkable 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening, which has left the Catalan giants on the brink of a Round of 16 exit from the Champions League.

Caceres would be joining a world-class squad at Barcelona but it seems the Spanish side’s interest in the 29-year-old has come too late, as a deal with Southampton is set to go through.

Where does Southampton’s deal stand?

Southampton are hopeful that Martin Caceres will join them on a squad trip to Spain, scheduled to take place before the trip to Wembley for the League Cup final last month, but have seen a deal delayed by personal incidents in the Uruguayan’s life.

Caceres has travelled back to Uruguay following the shock death of his brother, which he heard of whilst in Italy- as he waited on the continent for a work permit to go through that would allow him to complete his move to the Saints.

Claude Puel’s side are confident that a deal for Caceres is watertight and expected a deal to be confirmed this week. However, given the extenuating circumstances, they are understandably allowing time for the veteran defender to grieve the loss of his sibling.