Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg is to have a medical at Southampton, with a £12.8m transfer fee agreed between the clubs.
At the tender age of 20, the Danish midfielder already has two Bundesliga-German-Cup doubles, a Champions League, a FIFA Club World Cup and 15 international caps on his resume.
Yet he also has much to prove, his career having failed to take off in the manner it might have been expected to when, as a 17-year-old, he was given a start in the 2014 DFB Pokal final by Josep Guardiola.
The Spaniard also started Hojbjerg in the DFL-Supercup at the beginning of the following campaign, but he failed to become a first-team regular and was loaned out to Augsburg to continue his development in the second half of 2014/15.
Failing to move ahead of the plethora of brilliant midfielders at the Allianz Arena was no stain on the then-teenager’s character and he went on to acquit himself well for that season’s Bundesliga surprise package.
Playing 16 games, he set up three goals, also scoring twice, one of which was a 25-yard effort on the final day of the season, that guaranteed die Fuggerstädter Europa-League qualification.
Sent back out on loan in 2015/16, this time to Gelsenkirchen giants Schalke, his ascent stalled just when it might have been expected to gain pace.
Under the youth-positive regime of Markus Weinzierl, Hojbjerg failed to assert himself over Johannes Geis (22) and Leon Goretska (21) in the midfield positions.
The Dane didn’t score all season, providing two assists and averaging just 34 passes a game, next to rivals Geis and Goretzka’s 56 and 38 respectively.
Nor was he making up for his passing with a welter of tackles or interceptions, averaging 1.4 and 2.3 an outing, totals outstripped by Goretzka (2.6 and 3).
The 20-year-old has moved to the south coast in search of first-team football, but, on this evidence, it will be a surprise if he strong-arms either Jordy Clasie or Oriel Romeu aside in the race to take over from the departed Victor Wanyama.
Southampton are 12/1 tenth-favourites in the Premier League top-four betting this season, despite finishing just three points off Manchester City in the final Champions League berth last term.