Southampton eyeing ambitious loan deal for Arsenal-linked international playmaker

Juan Quintero

According to reports, Southampton want to sign Porto playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero on loan.

Southampton's season has been outstanding so far, but fans are eager to see someone brought in to support Graziano Pelle.

Too often this term, the big Italian target man has been left isolated in attack, and supporters want manager Ronald Koeman to sign someone to rectify that this month.

Whether that be through another striker such as Danny Ings or a playmaker to play the No. 10 role remains to be seen, but reports today suggest it could be the latter.

According to Sky Sports, Southampton are not only interested in signing Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi, but also their playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero.

The 21-year-old hit the headlines in January 2013 after he scored this stunning free kick for Colombia Under-20's against Argentina, and his form in Italy with Pescara led to a move to Porto just six months later.

Despite a decent first season, Quintero has found first-team football hard to come by under new Porto boss Julen Lopetegui, and he's recently been linked with Arsenal as a result.

Yet rather than try to buy him, Southampton are reportedly hoping to tempt Porto into a loan deal, meaning the Portuguese side would be able to decide what to do with him at the end of the season.

The left footed attacking midfielder is famed for his ability to score from range, but he's also a threat when picking the ball up and driving at defenders, which earned him some lofty comparisons to Lionel Messi over the years.

It's a bold, ambitious move from Southampton given how highly rated Quintero is, with the diminutive playmaker scoring at the World Cup for Colombia against Ivory Coast just six months ago.

With Koeman at the helm though, Southampton are making strides, and their move for Quintero just goes to show just how quickly the Saints are progressing under the Dutchman.

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