Things happened really quick in Southampton’s chase for Sergio Oliveira. After the interest was reported on Monday, the Portuguese press are already agreeing that talks for the midfielder are advanced.
According to O Jogo, Southampton have already made a £4m bid for the player. Club officials are awaited in Porto in the next few days for further talks.
But both Record and O Jogo agree that Sunderland and two other Greek clubs have joined the race, and that’s the main reason why Southampton haven’t found a deal so far. Porto will wait for the other offers before making any decisions.
A Bola seem to have different information on the type of the deal, saying Southampton are not confident of Oliveira’s ability to adapt to English football, so they’d want a loan with a buying option at the end of the season.
Oliveira has recently been sent to Porto’s reserve squad. With only two appearances this season the club don’t count on him, so despite the auction, it shouldn’t be very difficult to find a deal with the Portuguese side.
Interest from Southampton would be very fortunate for Oliveira, and it would be a big ask for him to help turn Sunderland’s fortunes around. Perhaps the Greek interest is the likelier route of success.