When Mohammed Salisu decided to delay on a potential transfer to Rennes after the Ligue 1 side found an agreement with Real Valladolid, it looked like this was the perfect opportunity for Southampton to strike.

They know he has €12m release clause in his contract, which the French side didn’t waste any time to activate, and with the player’s preference to go to England and the Premier League, it seemed like an easy move for the Saints.

However, it appears those in charge at Southampton are making a meal out of it, according to L’Equipe, as they have made a bid, but it ‘doesn’t suit Valladolid’.

The French newspaper explain the bid from Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side is ‘lower’ than the very affordable €12m clause, and is one ‘assorted with various bonuses’.

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This is somewhat backed up by RMC Sport, who state the player is ‘hesitating’ between joining Rennes or the English side.

This means Rennes still seem to have the upper hand as things stand, but perhaps this is all part of Southampton’s plans to test Valladolid.

With Salisu keen to play on this side of the Channel, they know they have a certain advantage, and why not try and get him for less first, just to see if the La Liga side would agree.

They haven’t, so perhaps it’s now time to increase the offer and get it over with, as we’re sure Southampton can find €12m down the back of the sofa if they really want the player, regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic.