Southampton reportedly join £13.5m race for Gremio's Walter Kannemann

Ralph Hasenhuttl of Austria the Southampton manager instructs his players during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Huddersfield Town at St Mary's Stadium on May 12, 2019...

Walter Kannemann has now been linked with Southampton.

Argentina's defender Walter Kannemann gestures after a foul in the penalty area during an international friendly football match between Argentina and Venezuela at the Wanda Metropolitano...

Southampton have joined the race to sign Gremio defender Walter Kannemann, according to ClubCall, as Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to reinforce his back line with the experienced Argentine.

Despite missing out on a place in Lionel Scaloni’s Copa America squad, the 28-year-old centre-half is not short of offers with a move to Europe on the cards for a player who has spent his entire career in Brazil, Mexico and his native Argentina.

 

Globo Esporte claim to have been informed by Kannemann’s agent, Martin Wainbuch, that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal have expressed an interest with Gremio demanding £13.5 million.

Though big-spending Southampton are also apparently keen to make him their fourth signing of the summer, after the arrivals of Danny Ings, Che Adams and Moses Djenepo.

Walter Kannemann of Gremio battles for the ball against Luciano of Fluminense during the match between Gremio and Fluminense, as part of  Brasileirao Series A 2019, at Arena do Gremio on...

A committed and typically tough-tackling South American centre-back, Kannemann would undoubtedly strengthen an error-prone Saints backline which conceded a staggering 65 Premier League goals last season.

Southampton certainly need him a lot more than a Wolves side which was breached just 46 times in comparison with Nuno Espirito Santo’s tried and trusted back three of Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett proving increasingly difficult to break down as the season went on.

While Kannemann might be only a back-up at Molineux, he could be a central figure, quite literally, at St Mary’s.

Jan Carlos Hurtado Anchico of Venezuela and Walter Kannemann of Argentina during the International Friendly match between Argentina and Venezuela at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on March 22,...

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