Southampton have been tentatively linked with a move for RSC Anderlecht playmaker Yari Verschaeren.
According to claims from Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Saints have emerged as a potential destination for the youngster, who has earned plaudits for his development over the past year.
Verschaeren, 18, made history in June when he became the youngest-ever player to score for Belgium’s Under-21 side in the European Championships as he netted against Italy.
He has also emerged as a capable player in Anderlecht’s first team. He has scored twice and made four assists in his 28 senior outings in his homeland.
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While Calciomercato’s report provides next to no detail about our apparent interest, it would be a signing that aligns with the club’s strategy in the transfer market.
Verschaeren made his debut for the senior Belgium side this month, highlighting just how highly-rated he is by those within the national team setup, led by former Wigan Athletic and Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
The 18-year-old typically operates as an attacking midfielder, drifting in between the midfield and forward lines as he aims to create for his teams. He has also displayed a tendency to drift into the right-hand channel, contributing to combination play down the flanks at Anderlecht.
Verschaeren has started in each of his club’s most-recent three Jupiler Pro League outings and played for the duration of their crucial 1-0 win over title rivals Standard Liege, who Southampton signed Moussa Djenepo from in the summer.
Whether or not there is credence behind the claims that Saints want to land the young Belgian remains to be seen. However, he does boast plenty of potential and is certainly a player to keep an eye on as the season progresses.