Southampton join race to sign prolific Brazilian striker hunted by Leeds

Southampton have been namechecked as one of the club’s chasing exciting Brazilian striker Arthur Cabral ahead of the January transfer window.

The Basel striker is in an amazing run of form. He has helped the Rhine River side to the top of the Swiss Super League. The 23-year-old has 13 goals in 13 games in the league and has also chipped in with four assists. The centre-forward has also scored 10 goals in European competition and boasts 23 goals in 24 games this season.

Cabral, who was recently called up by Brazil, is under contract until June 2023. Cabral’s form saw him called up by Brazil for the October international break. He was on the bench for their World Cup qualifier with Venezuela, but did not get on.

Signed for €4.4m euros by the Swiss club from Palmeiras in 2019, his value has soared, along with his goals.

He has 61 goals in 99 matches for Basel and his value is said to be around the €15m mark.

That is according to UOL, who report that Bayer Leverkusen “recently approached the Swiss to discuss the possibility of signing him”.

 

Benfica, Porto, Fiorentina and Saints are also in the race for the attacker. A number of other Premier League clubs are also keen.


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Leeds’ bid for Cabral

TEAMtalk understands that Leeds, Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and Brighton are amongst the clubs to have watched him this season.

 

Leeds’ interest in Cabral is believed to date back to 2020, when they tried to prepare for their Premier League return by bidding for him.

However, they fell short of the asking price, instead spending a larger sum on Rodrigo.

Victor Orta looked at the player again in the summer. But the Whites were informed at the time that due to the standing of the Switzerland top flight, he was unlikely to be granted a work permit.

 

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