Premier League Southampton were expected to win the £17m race for the Shakthar Donetsk winger, but loudly yahoo sport, Everton and West Ham United’s target are now getting closer to a move to Lyon instead.
Clubs in England’s top flight are not allowed to sign players from Russia or Ukraine outside the transfer window. But nothing prevents Tete from joining a Premier League club when the market opens in the summer.
And it seemed for all the world that despite interest from Everton, West Ham and Leicester, the fleet-footed Brazilian would ply his trade at St Mary’s next season.
Accordingly 90 minsSouthampton are ‘confident’ they have won the race for Tete’s coveted signature.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Saints side have also reportedly made a “formal offer” while embarking on advanced negotiations for a player who is also on the radar of Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Bayern Munich.
But it’s not over until the fat lady sings. And while she may be clearing her throat and practicing her scales — with reports suggesting Tete was headed for the south coast — it seems this particular story has a rather uncomfortable sting.
Will Southampton now miss Shakhtar Donetsk’s Tete?
According to Yahoo Sports, Tete and his agent arrived in France this week. They won’t be crossing the English Channel in the foreseeable future either.
Clubs in France, unlike those in England, have opened the door to players from Ukraine seeking an escape route from the war-torn nation.
Tete, the report adds, will now sign a short-term contract with Lyon until the end of the season. He will then join Les Gones permanent from July.
Only ‘minor bureaucratic details’ prevent Lyon from unveiling Tete – which will cost around £17million (The Mattino) – at Groupama Stadium.
So the ball is back in Southampton’s field. A counter offer must be made. Before it is too late.
On the other hand, it might already be too late.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/03/31/southampton-confident-of-17m-transfer-but-deal-suddenly-looks-dead/ Southampton ‘confident’ of £17m transfer but deal suddenly looks dead