An update has emerged on Southampton target Arnaut Danjuma, regarding Villarreal’s interest in his services.
What’s the talk?
According to The Sun, Villarreal are leading the race to sign Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma this summer, having already had one bid rejected for the attacker.
The report claims Aston Villa and Southampton are also interested in acquiring him before the end of the transfer window.
Recent reports have also suggested that the Cherries want £35m for their star forward, following their failure to win promotion back to the top-flight.
Should Southampton sign Danjuma?
Martin Semmens could find Sadio Mane 2.0 for Southampton by landing Danjuma this summer.
The Saints have lacked a goal threat from out wide in recent years, with the current Liverpool star having had bundles of success during his time at St. Mary’s. In the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, Mane scored 10 and 11 Premier League goals respectively.
During the 2020/21 campaign, Stuart Armstrong’s tally of four was the most by any wide man for the club. This suggests that Ralph Hasenhuttl is in desperate need of a forward who can come in and hit double figures for goals from out wide, as Mane did in his two years on the south coast.
Therefore, Danjuma could be an ideal signing as he has the potential to be that player and Semmens must ensure that he can now oust Villarreal out of the way to secure a deal for him.
“Danjuma is an excellent player. Whatever happens, he will be playing Premier League football next year, whether it’s with Bournemouth or without them. He’s an exceptional talent.”
The 24-year-old showcased his attacking talent in the Championship for Bournemouth last term. He found the back of the net 17 times and provided seven assists for his teammates, suggesting that he is now ready to make the step up to Premier League football.
Like Mane, Danjuma is a right-footed left-winger who likes to cut in and shoot across the goal and his tally in the second-tier shows that he is adept at doing so.
Therefore, he could finally be the Mane replacement Southampton have been searching for, which is why supporters would adore him at St. Mary’s if he arrives from Bournemouth.
His exciting wing play could endear him to the fans and get them off their seats applauding his skill, similar to the way the Senegal international had them doing so many years ago.