Southampton have completed the signing of highly-rated centre-back Mohamed Salisu from Real Valladolid on a four-year deal.
The 21-year-old cost Southampton £10.9 million after the Saints triggered the release clause in his contract.
He joins Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team on the back of an impressive campaign in La Liga, playing 31 times as his team finished 13th.
The Ghanaian international becomes the Saints’ first signing of the transfer window.
Hasenhuttl finally gets his man
Southampton’s interest in the young centre-back has been well documented, and he was one of two centre-back targets that the club were looking at back in January.
At just 21, his signing will give the back-line more of a youthful look and will hopefully help the club have a more settled centre-back partnership.
It is understood the Saints won’t be looking to sign any more centre-backs, unless they sell one this summer.
Looking like a bargain
At just £10.9 million, Salisu is looking like a great signing for Southampton.
By triggering his release clause in his contract, they have managed to get him for a much lower price than they might have otherwise.
With his signing and the permanent signing of Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham Hotspur looking imminent, Southampton are clearly setting down a statement of intent on the back of a strong finish to the Premier League season.