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Japanese defender to become sixth summer signing

Saints close in on Sugawara

2024/07/10 12:14

According to self-proclaimed football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Southampton are closing in on the signing of AZ Alkmaar defender Yukinari Sugawara.

The 24-year-old full-back is reportedly undergoing a medical down on the south coast today ahead of completing his move to St Mary’s this afternoon. It has been reported that the fee is in the region of £5.9 million.

Sugawara spent his youth career with AS Laranja Toyokawa and Nagoya Grampus before beginning his career with Nagoya in 2018. He spent a season on loan with AZ before joining them permanently in 2020, playing for both the first-team and Jong AZ.

Internationally, he has been capped 13 times for Japan in what is an apparent Japanese ‘golden generation’, under the management of Hajime Moriyasu.

If Sugawara passes his medical and does join the Saints then he will become their sixth signing of the summer transfer window, following their promotion to the Premier League last season. 

Russell Martin, who has signed a new contract with the club, has been able to bring in Taylor Harwood-Bellis on a permanent basis with the centre-back, who was on loan from Manchester City, joining for £20 million from the Cityzens.

They have also re-signed Adam Lallana on a free transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion as well as Charlie Taylor, following his departure from Burnley. Ronnie Edwards has arrived from Peterborough United with Nathan Wood joining from Swansea City, too.

There are reports they remain locked in talks with West Ham United over the re-signing of Flynn Downes, as well as Newcastle United’s Ryan Fraser. The Saints have also been linked with the likes of Max Aarons, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Ings.

Market value
12.00 M €
Yukinari Sugawara
Born/Age2000-06-28(24 -yrs-old)
PositionDefender (Right Back)



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2024-07-10 13h23m by sjacksons_9_2_1
As a football fan, I'm feeling optimistic about this potential signing for Southampton. Sugawara's experience in the Dutch league and with the Japanese national team could bring some much-needed quality to their defense. Excited to see how he will fit in with the team!
2024-07-10 12h46m by hturnerford
Wow, another great signing for Southampton! Excited to see what Sugawara can bring to the team. Good luck with the medical and welcome to the Saints!
2024-07-10 12h35m by gkingsley
Sounds like a good signing for Southampton! Excited to see what Sugawara can bring to the team.
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