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Southampton Star On Ajax’s Radar: 3 Replacements Hughes Can Consider Including This Bundesliga Ace

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Ajax are being linked with a move for Southampton playmaker Dusan Tadic this summer. According to recent reports, the Saints are currently locked in negotiations over the transfer of Dusan Tadic to the Johan Cruijff Arena. It is believed that the Serbian international is all set to return to the Netherlands before the start of next season, which could leave a big hole in the Saints squad. 

They are in need of a suitable replacement, capable of filling Tadic’s shoes at St. Mary’s as the South-coast club looks to improve on their league performances next term. Mark Hughes’ side managed to save their top-flight status by the skin of their teeth and now, they will look to rebuild smartly this summer to ensure a successful campaign next year.

Tadic had made 41 appearances for the Saints last season, scoring seven goals while grabbing four assists in all competitions. With the Serbian set to leave the South-coast outfit this summer, let’s take a look at three replacements, Mark Hughes should consider in this transfer window:

Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen):

The Bayer 04 Leverkusen wide man was in a rich vein of form in the Bundesliga during the course of the last campaign. He lit up the German top tier with some impressive performances and could take his game to the next level if given the opportunity to showcase his skills in the English top-flight. The 20-year-old Jamaican wonderkid has registered 12 goals while creating six assists in 34 matches for Leverkusen last season in all competitions. Bailey has the makings of a top-class player and the Saints should do everything in their power to bring him to the South-coast of England.

Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad):

The 21-year-old Spanish playmaker had featured in 43 matches for Real Sociedad last season and has found the back of the net 14 times while grabbing 8 assists across all competitions. He is another youngster who has the ability to flourish at the St. Mary’s if the Saints can pull off such a deal this summer.

Read More: Southampton Looking To Make A Move For Veteran Stoke City Midfield Ace: Right Fit For Mark Hughes?

Hirving Lozano (PSV):

The PSV Eindhoven attacker has enjoyed a successful season last term and has put in some sensational performances in the Dutch Eredivisie. The 22-year-old Mexican international had registered 19 goals and 11 assists in 34 appearances for the Dutch giants last season in all competitions. He is exactly the kind of talent that Mark Hughes’ side should look to recruit if they want to replace Tadic. The Mexican starlet has a lot of promise and can develop into a future star for Southampton in the coming years if the club decides to opt for his services.

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