Southampton have made defender Mohammed Salisu their first summer signing in a £10.9million deal from Real Valladolid, according to Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old Ghanaian has agreed to a four-year deal at St Mary’s after the Saints triggered his buyout clause to make the transfer possible.
However, although the deal is now complete, the centre-back will have to spend 14 days in quarantine upon his arrival in the United Kingdom due to the restrictions currently in place on arrivals from Spain.
Salisu was an integral part of the Valladolid squad last season after progressing through the youth ranks at the club, making 31 league appearances in 2019/20. Helping the Spanish side’s battle against relegation from La Liga this term by finishing 16th.
Read Southampton Verdict
The Ghanaian could be just the first of the defenders committing his future to the Saints in the coming days, with a deal to bring last season’s loanee Kyle Walker-Peters also seemingly close to being completed.
At 6 foot 3, Salisu will be another strong presence at the heart of the Saints defence, adding to the list of viable central defensive options in the squad.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will be satisfied with his early business and Saints fans can be rightly optimistic about their summer spending.