Mauricio Pochettino, depending on your view point is either a very ambitious man - or a very deluded one.
When he suggested that he could one day lead The Saints into the Champions League many laughed, some gasped and at least one probably fainted. But judging by the performances he squeezed out of his side, against the Premier League’s top boys last season it is not such a scoffable remark.
To ensure the club finishes in the top half of the table next season however signings were always going to be inevitable at St Marys.
The club have already spent plenty of dosh on new recruits Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama - a combined total of over £20 million to bring the pair in from Lyon and Celtic respectively.
And Nicola Cortese recently had to defend his moves in the transfer market - and the amount of cash he has invested this summer:
‘’I don't pay anything which is not justified, so whatever the fee is, whatever the topic is, everything you pay needs to be justified and if you can't justify it, I'm not prepared to pay anything.’’
Which brings me to my point … Leandro Damiao.
The South Coast club have been consistently linked with a move for the Brazilian international this month, but yesterday his club side, Internacional Porto Alegre, made his asking price public - they want £22 million for the 24-year-old.
On the one hand there is the fact Damiao has scored 83 goals in the 149 club games he has played so far. He has also been dubbed the ‘next Ronaldo’ (the fat one not the crying one) so is clearly a talent worthy of a sizeable price-tag.
But £22 million?
In the games I have seen him play for Selecao I have seen very little to suggest to me such a vast transfer fee. He has also been off form in recent times - not necessarily in his performances but certainly his fitness.
He continually picks up niggling injuries - one such ailment kept him out of action at the recent Confederations Cup triumph.
Do Southampton need him?
They already have Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez as goalscoring talent in the team - and while I admit Damiao would be an excellent addition to that crowd, I also feel it would be an unnecessary expense.
Southampton could use that money to bring in a decent striker and one other player; perhaps a goalkeeper to wait in the wings for the ageing Artur Boruc.
While I am not for one second denying the talent of the striker, I refuse to believe that spending such a vast sum of money on one player, for a team like Southampton, is good business.
Do you think Southampton should invest heavily in the goal-getting striker?
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