Premier League outfit Southampton are reportedly leading the race to sign teenage sensation Mohamed-Ali Cho. The Sun reported that the Saints are surprisingly at the forefront of the race to sign the teenage sensation who has been turning heads in the French Ligue 1 this season. The Southampton target has already made 41 appearances in the French top flight.
Cho, 17, has impressed with hisskillful displays and speed. He has parents based in both France and England. The teenager was in the PSG Academy before he spent five years in the youth teams at Merseyside giants Everton. He’s presently on the books of Angers in the French top flight. Southampton target Cho featured for England at the under-16 level and has also represented France at the under-21 level.
The aforementioned publication stated that Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl wants to secure his return to English football. The Saints are not the only Premier League team keen to sign Cho with Chelsea also interested in the player. Southampton have a good record of developing young players to become a part of the first team squad at the club.
It has also been reported that Southampton might need to spend as much as £20m to sign Cho from Angers. His contract with the French club expires in 2023.
Southampton have targeted young players as previously stated and some of them are regulars in the first team at the moment. The Saints signed Tino Livramento from Chelsea in a £5m deal this summer and the teenage fullback has gone on to establish himself as the first choice on the right side of defence. Also, the club signed teenage striker Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea and he’s the leading goalscorer at the club this season with six goals in all competitions. Other teenagers such as Dynel Simeu and Thierry Small were also signed in the summer.