Southampton and Rennes have been battling it out for Real Valladolid’s Mohammed Salisu.

On July 14th, we covered claims made by AS that the Saints are ‘closer than ever’ to signing the centre-back.

Wednesday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo has a short report on the 21-year-old and they also state the English club are ‘close to signing’ him.

The Ligue 1 side’s interest is once again mentioned and despite Rennes agreeing personal terms with the Ghana international, the newspaper adds the defender’s preference is to make a switch to Southampton.

It’s claimed the saga surrounding the defender’s future will come to an end and the Spanish side will earn €12m (Salisu’s release clause) from his sale.

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Online, AS explain Southampton have an advantage over Rennes in signing Salisu. In addition to this, the La Liga side are not ‘taking sides’ as to where the player has to end up, and they him to decide his next destination.

These claims are backed by Valladolid sporting Miguel Ángel Gómez and he has revealed Salisu’s departure is edging closer.

“We respect the decision of the player and his agent and we do not assess their agreements, if we are clear on what we would accept, so that this fate has to be carried out and the rest has to be respected,” Miguel Ángel Gómez told SER Deportivos Valladolid.

“Obviously the [transfer] outcome is close, they are pressing for him because they have a lot of faith in him and both clubs want him, the shortlist is between those two teams (Rennes and Southampton)…”

“We do not care about the destiny, we do not want to condition once the two clubs comply with what Real Valladolid demand. The rest is up to the player.”