Southampton doubles up on new players at St. Mary’s after defender signing

Mohammed Salisu of Real Valladolid CF (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
Mohammed Salisu of Real Valladolid CF (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images) /

Southampton’s off the mark and are making headway in the transfer window with their second incoming.

Real Valladolid’s 21-year-old defender Mohammed Salisu, joins Kyle Walker-Peters this summer as the club’s new long-term additions. The centre-back completed his four-year deal after his new club activated his buyout clause of £10.9 million.

"Southampton have completed the signing of 21-year-old centre-back Mohammed Salisu on a four-year deal from Real Valladolid.Saints triggered the £10.9m buyout clause in the Ghanaian’s contract, with the defender one of two centre-back targets they were looking at in January."

The second permanent deal wrapped up by the South Coasters. After sending Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Spurs in a £20m sale, they made sure of Peters staying long-term after being on loan at the club since January. The price for the ex-Tottenham man was said to be in the range of £12m.

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Saints doing their old business

Mohammed Salisu is not wrong with his reasoning for choosing the southside as his new place of trade. The defender feels the club has a great history of developing players and with Ralph Hasenhüttl at the helm, the young man is close to the truth.

Ralph has the ability to bring out the best in a team in the mid-table, actually punching above their weight. Their old way of doing transfer business matched by their recent success, Mohammed could be gearing up for one fantastic season.

Before making the switch from the Spanish La Liga to the English Premier League, Mohammed Salisu made 31 appearances, starting 30 of them while scoring one and assisting one.

"It is a very good feeling to be a Southampton player. I am very happy to be part of the club and I am looking forward to starting here.Southampton is a club with a very rich history in developing young players, so it is a very good club for me to develop my skills and to learn a lot as a young player. (Via: Sky Sports)"

The club has witnessed some of the best that still play in the league come through their doors. Just ask Liverpool. The stepping stone for any player that wants to become a Red at Anfield must fulfil the Southampton gauntlet first.

They have, for the most part, always acquired up and coming stars on the cheap and sold for a massive profit. The best example of this is Virgil van Dijk and his renowned move from Southampton to Liverpool.

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He was signed by the St. Mary’s club for as little as £13 million on a five-year deal in 2015. He then departed as the most expensive defender signing at the time for £75m, three years later in 2018.

The Saints are looking at more incomings this summer and will act aggressively in the transfer market. Who will be next on the Saints’ transfer list?