Already turning their attention to Spain in their attempts to sign Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid, Southampton are also scouring the country for a new striker.
At least, that’s what Calciomercato.it are reporting on Wednesday, claiming the Saints are one of three clubs interested in signing Darwin Nuñez from UD Almería in La Liga2.
The 21-year-old, who arrived from Peñarol in Uruguay last summer for a modest fee of €4m, has taken to European football rather well, scoring 15 goals in 29 league appearances as well as picking up two assists.
This strike rate has caught the eye of a number of clubs, and the Italian website reveal that three clubs have ‘expressed their interest in a concrete manner’ in the Uruguay international, and those are Southampton, Wolfsburg and an unnamed Ligue 1 side.
Any attempt to sign Nuñez will reportedly be welcomed, as Calciomercato.it state they ‘won’t oppose a sale’, having ‘fixed the price at €20m’.
That’s quite a considerable fee, but our guess is a lot will depend on whether or not Almería get promoted.
They current sit third in La Liga2 with two games to go, and if they remain there, they will need to feature in the playoffs for the third promotion spot.
If they end up staying in Spain’s second-tier, they could very well lower that asking price, especially if Nuñez has bigger ambitions.
We’ll have to wait and see for now.