Report: Ola John will cost Southampton €20m if Koeman pursues summer deal

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Benfica are reportedly looking for a fee of €20m in order to sell winger Ola John to Southampton.

According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Benfica will only sell winger Ola John for €20m (£14.8m) this summer, with Southampton believed to be interested.

Southampton are still pushing for Champions League qualification, but even if they miss out on that, a Europa League spot is certainly a possibility.

If either are achieved, manager Ronald Koeman will have an increased transfer budget ahead of the summer market - and a pattern is emerging in his signings.

The likes of Toby Alderweireld, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle, Eljero Elia and Filip Djuricic have all make names for themselves in the Netherlands, and Koeman appears to have taken note of their exploits in his homeland.

Now, the Daily Mirror report that Southampton are eyeing up a £6m summer bid to sign Benfica's former Twente winger John, who is a fringe player in Portugal.

The 22-year-old is a pacey winger, and whilst he was born in Liberia, John has one cap for the Netherlands, which he earned in 2013.

As was the case with Alderweireld, Elia and Djuricic, John hasn't experienced much success since leaving the Netherlands, and Koeman appears to be keen on resurrecting another career on the South Coast.

However, O Jogo believe that, because Benfica don't own all of the rights to John, they would have to give a portion of any fee to a third party - meaning they want to ramp the price up to get as much for themselves as possible.

The fee has been mentioned as in the region of €20m (£14.8m), which is over twice as much as what the Mirror believed Southampton would bid - which could throw Southampton's pursuit in jeopardy.

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