Southampton reportedly sent scouts to watch Braga’s Europa League fixture against Brondby on Thursday evening.

Saints, along with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and many others, sent representatives to Portugal, according to claims from A Bola, as translated by Sport Witness, to watch the hosts win 4-1.

Braga progressed to the following stage of the competition’s play-offs, and it seems clubs from across Europe had their eyes firmly cast on those who participated in the match.

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While there is no mention of just who Southampton or any other club were scouting, it does reflect a potentially interesting trend in their observation of European football.

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Saints have signed only one player from Portugal in recent years – Cedric Soares from Sporting CP – but clubs from the top flight appear to be of interest, especially in the early stages of the current campaign.

Reports recently suggested that Saints sent a scout to watch Porto’s Champions League defeat against Krasnodar earlier in the week, and just days later, it is claimed that a representative watched Braga in action.

It seems Southampton are closely monitoring Portuguese clubs in their efforts to make shrewd signings for the future, and this is a positive step.

There is a plethora of impressive young talent in Liga NOS, and with players from the top five European leagues continuously increasing in value in today’s market, strategically looking elsewhere is a sensible idea.

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