Date: 21st June 2018 at 3:16pm
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It has been reported this afternoon that Southampton’s Dusan Tadic is a firm target for Dutch Eredivisie side Ajax.

The 29-year-old joined Southampton from FC Twente back in the summer of 2014 for a reported £11million fee and he’s scored 23 goals in 134 starting appearances and he’s also come off the bench on 28 occasions.

Despite his game record at St Mary’s Stadium it’s more than fair to say last season was hardly a standout campaign for him, although he did find the net seven times in 41 appearances for us and seemed to pick up when Mark Hughes arrived. It’s fair to say 2017/18 was hardly a standout campaign for anybody in the squad in reality as we battled against relegation for much of the campaign, so he wasn’t alone.

In any event, Sky Sports have reported that whilst Tadic is away on World Cup duty for Serbia this month, Ajax and Southampton are locked in talks over doing a potential deal ahead of the new campaign beginning.

No fee is yet being suggested by Sky and Saints fans know there will definitely be some departures this summer as Hughes stamps his own mark on the squad, but despite some consistency issues I wouldn’t have thought Tadic would’ve been one of the first out of the door. He does still have two years left on his deal and we know what he’s capable of when on song and over the season there was a mini bromance in the press between the player and gaffer with the compliments that flew in both directions.

It begs the question as to who is driving this transfer if it comes to pass?

As per the above tweet though, different reports are available and they have their own take on the progression of the talks. I’m far from alone in being a little surprised at the news though.

Others thought it made sensible business at his age and took it as an indication that another piece of speculation may be close to coming off.

 

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