Ralph Hassenhuttl failed to make a single signing during his first transfer window as Southampton manager.
The Austrian replaced Mark Hughes back in December and has improved the Saints’ fortunes since arriving at St. Marys. The January transfer window represented the first opportunity to tailor the Southampton squad to his liking. However, there were no new arrivals at the club despite Manolo Gabbiadini departing.
Should Hassenhuttl guide them to safety, the summer transfer window should be a completely different story. Many fringe players will leave the club handing the former RB Leipzig manager some valuable transfer funds to reinvest in his starting eleven.
One man he could look to sign without breaking the bank is Chelsea outcast – Gary Cahill. Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, the former England international has been a mainstay in the Blues defence since joining from Bolton Wanderers back in 2012. However, under Maurizio Sarri, Cahill has found himself out of favour, playing just 21 minutes of Premier League football this season.
The 33-year-old was heavily linked (via Sky Sports) with a move away from Stamford Bridge in January but rejected moves to Juventus, Monaco and Fulham. Instead, Cahill will let his contract expire in the summer and choose to join a new club on a free. A defender with his experience could prove vital in the long-term as Southampton look to challenge at the right end of the table.
A two-time Premier League and one-time Champions League winner, securing the services of the former Aston Villa man would be an astute piece of business.
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