20 July 2024

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian forward Tete (L) and Inter Milan's Italian defender Alessandro Bastoni vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on September 28, 2021. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

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MILAN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 24: (BILD OUT) Tete of FC Shakhtar Donetsk controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Internazionale and Shakhtar Donetsk at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 24, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 03: Tete of Shakhtar Donetsk looks on during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 03, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

According to 90min, West Ham and Everton want to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Tete, but Southampton believe they have won the race.

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian forward Tete (L) and Inter Milan’s Italian defender Alessandro Bastoni vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on September 28, 2021. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

 

What’s the story?

Well, the £11,000-a-week man is looking to leave Shakhtar Donetsk due to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

 

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However, the Premier League are blocking FIFA and UEFA’s approved window for foreign players to escape clubs in Ukraine or Russia mid-season.

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 03: Tete of Shakhtar Donetsk looks on during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 03, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

 

Therefore, Tete is set to arrive at St Mary’s in the summer.

 

The 22-year-old is also wanted by Brighton, Brentford, Leicester, Porto, Napoli, AC Milan, Atalanta, Benfica and Ajax.

 

Clearly, Southampton have done well to sign Tete, as there are some European giants sniffing around the situation.

 

So far this season, the Brazilian has scored ten goals in 28 appearances, while also providing two assists.

 

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MILAN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 24: (BILD OUT) Tete of FC Shakhtar Donetsk controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Internazionale and Shakhtar Donetsk at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 24, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Photo by Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

In our view, the Saints deserve a pat on the back if they really have wrapped this deal up, as it would be tremendous business.

 

Tete is a very exciting attacker, and at the age of just 22, the sky is the limit for the talented South American.

 

90min do not disclose if a transfer fee is involved, so it’s possible that Southampton have signed the winger for free, which would make the deal even more impressive.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian forward Tete (L) and Inter Milan’s Italian defender Alessandro Bastoni vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on September 28, 2021. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images

Clearly, West Ham and Everton were too slow.

 

For Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side to fend off the likes of AC Milan also speaks volumes, so whatever they said to Tete, it clearly impressed him.

 

Keep an eye on this saga, as official confirmation could soon come from Southampton.

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