Report: Southampton weighing up £13.5 million bid for Luciano Vietto

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino looks on durin the Pre Season Friendly match between Brentford and Southampton at Griffin Park on July 22, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Southampton are said to be leading the chase to sign the Atletico Madrid striker, ahead of three top European sides.

Southampton are weighing up a £13.5 million bid for Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto, The Sun reports (11 August, page 61).

The Saints have been linked with the Argentine throughout the summer, but are now said to be 'leading the chase' to sign him, ahead of Valencia, Marseille and Sampdoria.

Sevilla's Argentinian forward Luciano Vietto (R) celebrates a goal with Sevilla's French forward Wissam Ben Yedder during the Spanish league football match Sevilla FC vs Malaga CF at the...Luciano Vietto in action for Sevilla

It is claimed that Mauricio Pellegrino's team are the only one prepared to make a firm offer, with the trio all hoping to sign Vietto on loan.

Atletico are currently under a transfer embargo, but will reportedly listen to offers for the player regardless.

Vietto moved to Madrid in an £18 million deal from Villarraeal two years ago, but has struggled to replicate his prior form in the Spanish capital, and spent last season on loan to Sevilla.

Southampton already have four senior strikers to choose from, although one of those, Sam Gallagher, has been linked with a return to the Championship on loan.

 

Sam Gallagher of Blackburn Rovers controls the ball from Jake Bidwell of Queens Park Rangers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers at Ewood...Sam Gallagher in action for Blackburn Rovers

And the futures of Charlie Austin and Shane Long could also be at risk if Vietto arrives at St Mary's, with the latter now 6/4 to sign for Burnley this summer with bookmakers Sky Bet.

Should Southampton move for Vietto?

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