According to national reports, Southampton have made contact with Barcelona over the potential transfer of Cristian Tello.
The 24-year-old has the difficulty of competing for places against Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in Spain, and could be forced to move elsewhere as he searches for regular football.
If the Saints are serious about bringing the Spaniard to St Mary’s then they will have to fend off interest from Italian side Fiorentina, where Tello spent the second half of last season on loan, but recent reports have suggested that he may be tempted to make the move to the south coast to play in the Premier League.
Despite the Saints currently in the hunt for a new manager, after Ronald Koeman left the south coast for Merseyside to join Everton, it doesn’t seem to have stopped the club’s officials making strides to strengthen the squad for the incoming manager.
Tello in Pelle out?
The interest in Tello could also signal that the reds may be about to let a striker already at the club leave, and with rumours circulating last season about Graziano Pelle’s future, the interest in a new striker could mean that the Italian may depart the south coast after he finishes at Euro 2016 with Italy.
Who is Tello?
Tello is a product of Barcelona’s youth academy and also spent two years at fellow Catalonian side Espanyol before being brought back to the Camp Nou in 2010.
He made his first team Barca debut in 2011 where he battled for a first team spot, and despite not playing regularly was persuaded to stay by the club and continue in a back-up role.
As well as a loan spell to Florence he also joined Porto on a temporary basis scoring 10 goals in 36 appearances.
With the striker unlikely to knock any of the Barca front three out of the starting line-up it could be time for the striker to make a more permanent change, and the Saints will be hopeful that they can tempt the Spaniard to make the move to England.