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Transfer window: Barcelona agents monitoring Salisu’s progress at Southampton

Barcelona are monitoring Mohammed Salisu’s progress at Southampton.

Mundo Deportivo says Salisu as part of a five-man defender shortlist for Catalan giants Barcelona.

The 23-year-old Saints centre-back has risen to prominence in his first full season as a Premier League starter, although his form has dipped over the last two months.

Salisu has been at the heart of some calamitous moments alongside partner Jan Bednarek, most notably in the defeats to Watford and Brentford.

However, he had emerged as one of the league’s most promising centre-backs throughout the start of 2022 with a stellar performance versus Manchester City.

The report details he is an expensive option for Barcelona, and potentially not in consideration for a transfer as a result.

He is named in the shortlist alongside Villareal’s Pau Torres, Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte and Juventus’ Matthijs De Ligt.

Salisu, who played in Spain’s La Liga with Real Valladolid before arriving at St Mary’s in 2020, is under contract with Saints to 2024.

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