There appears to be a lot of conflicting reports when it comes to Rennes’ pursuit of Mohammed Salisu, yet there is one constant: Southampton are providing the most competition.

The Real Valladolid defender is expected to leave the La Liga side this summer, and while it’s been stated he holds a preference for the Premier League, the Ligue 1 side aren’t out of the race yet.

Foot Mercato have an article on the matter on Monday, claiming the French club ‘still have a chance’ to sign the Ghanaian, but will have to work extra hard.

That’s because of Southampton’s ‘eruption’, who ‘seems to have his favour’, as they would allow him to fulfil his dream of playing in England.

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The Saints are said to have ‘a lead’ on Rennes, and that’s despite the Ligue 1 side already agreeing a €12m fee with Valladolid.

The problem lies in the contract, as they have yet to convince Salisu, ‘but they aren’t far off’.

It’s now up to Rennes to ‘make a financial effort’, because if they do, they should be able to get a deal over the line.

If they don’t, he’ll ‘fly off to the Premier League’, where Southampton will likely welcome him with open arms.

We’ll have to wait and see here, but Rennes do have the Champions League card up their sleeve after they finished third in Ligue 1, one point ahead of Lille after 28 games.