Yesterday, we reported that Gaston Ramirez's agent is trying to attract suitors to bring his player back to Italy. Unfortunately, it appears Italian behemoth Juventus and England's biggest club Manchester United are after one of Southampton's key players: Graziano Pelle.
Pelle has caught the eye with his performances in the Premier League and the Daily Express are reporting that Louis van Gaal is interested in bringing the big Italian to Old Trafford. But, Fox Sports are also reporting that Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is keen on Pelle after his string of impressive performances as the focal point of the Azzurri attack in their Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Fox say Juventus scouts were present at Southampton's 1-0 away win at Sunderland on Saturday, though Pelle did not register a goal that day. However, the Italian targetman has already scored nine goals for the Saints this season.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman made Pelle his first signing after joining St. Mary's, having successfully coached him at Dutch side Feyenoord. But, it appears Koeman is still enamoured with the striker, saying:
"He's a very complete striker, he's not only physically strong, he knows what happens around him, has good technique, is tall but he's not slow, his co-ordination's very good.
"He's clever in the box, has a good header, is a good finisher, and is in my opinion one of the best."
Though Southampton only signed Pelle in the region of £8million back in 2014, the aforementioned reports are saying Saints are only willing to sell their star man for a fee in the region of £30million.
Could Southampton really resist a bid as big as that for a player in his thirties? Maybe not. Will Pelle want to challenge himself at two of the world's biggest teams? Probably. Either way, we at St. Mary's Musings hope these rumours are just that.