Exclusive: Southampton finalise 8-figure signing after agreeing £35K-a-week deal
Southampton have agreed the signing of Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid after finalising personal terms, Football Insider can reveal.
The Premier League club will pay the £10.9m (€12m) release clause in the Ghanian centre-back’s contract.
A Southampton contract has told Football Insider the club have also agreed a long-term deal with Salisu worth £35,000-a-year.
He is expected to join the club in the coming days although he cannot be formally registered until a work permit is obtained.
Salisu is a left-footed centre-back who stands at 6ft 3ins and has been a mainstay of the Valladolid team this season.
He started 30 of their 38 La Liga matches after graduating from their B team.
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French club Rennes had been the main competition for the Ghanaian defender but Salisu made it clear he wants to play in the Premier League with Southampton.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has prioritised strengthening his side’s central defence this summer.
Southampton have carved out some impressive results either side of the lockdown and climbed to 11th in the Premier League table following their 2-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday.
But Hasenhuttl’s side have conceded 59 goals in their 37 league matches, and have moved to rectify that ahead of the official opening of the window next week.
In other Southampton news, a Liverpool big name has been backed to sign for the Saints.
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