Southampton are reportedly keen on a move for LOSC Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes, though Ralph Hasenhuttl could face competition from Ligue 1 giants Lyon.

According to French outlet La Voix Du Nord, Mendes is a target for Saints, Lyon and an unnamed Serie A side this summer, with Lille said to value the Brazilian at €25million.

Lyon are said to have shortlisted Mendes as a potential replacement for the highly sought after Tanguy Ndombele, who has been linked with a number of Europe’s top sides this summer. 

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The 27-year-old midfielder, however, is not the kind of player Hasenhuttl usually targets given his age, with the Austrian said to have a preference for signing younger players. 

Mendes would become Saints’ second signing of the summer transfer window should Hasenhuttl pursue a move for the midfielder, with Moussa Djenepo having already completed his move to St Mary’s in a deal believed to be worth £14million.


Thiago Mendes' career thus far