Southampton double swoop would equal perfect summer

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As Southampton close in on their final two signings of the summer in Toby Alderweireld and Sadio Mane, the signatures would represent a perfect summer at the club.

Manager Ronald Koeman has overseen a turbulent opening to the summer period, when key players Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers all left the club, whilst Morgan Schneiderlin threatened as much.

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But after bringing in Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic, Ryan Bertrand, Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos and Shane Long in a major reshuffle, the Southampton squad is looking as strong if not stronger than the one that started last season.

Further incomings

With the seven players that have already joined the club, and with Alderweireld and Mane likely to be confirmed, it will leave Koeman with a plethora of choices in nearly every position.

Alderweireld is set to join from Atletico Madrid and can play in both the centre-back and right-back positions, meaning that the Dutch manager has strong reinforcements across his entire back-line.

Mane is more of an unknown quantity, with the Senegalese forward set to join from Red Bull Salzburg for around £12million. His pace and creativity are something lacking at St. Mary's and with 45 goals and 32 assists in 87 games, he could become a key player for Koeman.

Squad depth

Although nine players all joining one club might be seen as a risk, the existing squad of Southampton players are known to be very welcoming to new players and will help them settle as quickly as possible. Leaving the Saints manager with as strong a squad as has ever been seen at St. Mary's.

With the additions of Bertrand, Gardos and Alderweireld and the promotion of Matt Targett from the youth team, Koeman has a back-line with plenty of quality in reserve.

The midfield area was already fairly well stocked and with Schneiderlin set to stay, the centre of the park was not one that needed strengthening, although the signing of Saphir Taider was meant to add another option, although he has since seen that deal cancelled.

In the attacking department, Graziano Pelle has taken up the Rickie Lambert role well and with Mane adding pace, Pelle could get even more service. The best addition of the summer though is Dusan Tadic. The Serbian has banished memories of Adam Lallana and if the Saints are to have a good season, Tadic is likely to prove vital.

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