According to The Daily Mail, Southampton have joined Arsenal in the race to sign highly-rated Anderlecht attacking midfielder Dennis Praet.
The Belgian international is the latest youngster to come out of the Jupiler League and attract the attentions of Europe’s elite clubs.
As per the report, Arsenal, Manchester City, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have been accredited with an interest and subsequently follow his progression.
Southampton, under Ronald Koeman, have already exploited the foreign market to their benefit, and the Anderlecht youngster has cropped up on their radar as an ideal acquisition.
“Southampton are chasing Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet. Southampton are braced for the departure of Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United and are working on players to bring in with the expected £25m fee,” The Daily Mail reports.
Who is Dennis Praet and what can he offer Southampton?
Praet is predominantly an attacking midfielder who has featured for Belgium from the U15s all the way to the full national team, making his debut as a late substitute in a 3-1 friendly win over Iceland in 2014.
Standing at just over 5ft 8inch, the 21-year-old is slight in size but comfortable on the ball, displaying excellent close control and the ability to link-up with a centre-forward.
He is very much the traditional number 10 playmaker, a role which the Saints utilise well under Koeman as the Dutch coach gets the best out of his attacking midfielders.
While he is arguably very raw to potentially be a Premier League regular at St Mary’s Stadium next season, he undoubtedly has plenty of potential to develop into a top player in the right environment.