Vickery: Southampton target Juan Fernando Quintero would be perfect for Arsenal

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Reports have linked Southampton with a loan move for Porto midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero.

The 21-year-old playmaker has been linked with Arsenal in the past, but it has recently come to light that Premier League high-fliers Southampton could make a move for him.

The youngster scored four goals in 22 games for Porto last season, but has found football hard to come by this year, and the Portuguese giants are said to be willing to let him leave on loan, before deciding whether to sell or keep him at the end of the campaign.

There are no indications as to whether the Saints have made an official approach to Porto for Quintero’s services, but the reported interest has brought a sense of excitement to St Mary’s Stadium over the potential signing of the former Pescara and Envigado man.

Whilst Arsenal have had a long-standing interest in the playmaker, there has been no follow up to this interest, but South American football expert Tim Vickery believes Quintero is perfectly suited to the Gunners style of play.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Vickery said: “Porto have just bought him - they’ve just bought his entire registration - and they want to make a profit on him.

“With all due respect to Southampton, I think he would himself want to certainly play for a team that is in the Champions League - as Porto are.

“I’ve also seen interest from Arsenal. He would certainly fit Arsene Wenger’s passing philosophy, and if Porto really want to make a return on their investment, then the Premier League is the place for him to go.

“Whoever signs him has an absolute jewel there, because he’s an old-fashioned passing midfielder.”

Whilst Vickery’s words appear to claim that Southampton have no chance of securing the midfielder, with Porto still in the Champions League, the Saints' current good form could swing a move in their favour. They look on course to challenge for the Premier League top four at the end of the campaign, and signing a player of Quintero’s talent could just be the factor that assures continental qualification for next season.

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