It won’t take long before those tired old jokes are being dusted off and trotted out again so it’s best if we just lay out the facts – or the reported facts, if you will.
Southampton want to sign Marco Kana from Anderlecht, according to Calciomercato. And, given the profile of the player and the Saints’ history when it comes to signing promising youngsters, that’s certainly believable.
One thing that can’t be disputed, however, is the identity of Kana’s dream club. Yes, you guessed it, it’s Liverpool.
So if a talented young centre-half makes the move from Belgium to England during the January transfer window, you don’t need to be Derren Brown to predict the reaction that will inevitably follow.
Liverpool have raided the Saints countless times already – for Sadio Mane, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Nathanial Clyne, Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren.
And if Kana lives up to those “very flattering” comparisons with his Anderlecht coach Vincent Kompany at St Mary’s, it surely won’t be long before Liverpool are revisiting a familiar hunting ground.
“Later, I would first like to play abroad in a top or sub-top club. And then in the best English teams, preferably in the English top five,” the Belgium U21 international told Walfoot.
“Currently, I prefer Liverpool. They really dominate everything.”
While Southampton are desperate to shed their ‘selling club’ tag, doing so is easier said than done.
And in Ralph Hasenhuttl the Saints have a coach who is among the best in the business when it comes to turning promising youngsters into elite-level talent ready to be sold for a substantial profit.
It’s too early to start wondering how Kana would fit into Liverpool’s plans. He’s not even a Southampton player yet.
But like Van Dijk, Mane and Lovren before him, Kana feels like the trademark Saints signing – young, talented, technically gifted and likely to be sold if he outgrows the South Coast.