However, a transfer soap opera involving the Ghanaian appeared to have come to an end last week.
But Spanish daily AS today claims that centre-back Salisu is in fact closer to joining Southampton.
Their sources state that Salisu’s exit from Valladolid has now ‘begun to speed up’ and he is very close to Southampton.
Valladolid chief executive Matthieu Fenaert would prefer to see Salisu join Rennes, but his opinion is irrelevant.
Salisu has a €12m release clause and once a club pays that, the decision is down to him.
Three reasons why
According to AS, there are three reasons Salisu has chosen a move to Southampton.
The first is the appeal of the Premier League and the project that has been presented to him by the Saints.
Secondly, the language is important since he is more comfortable speaking English than French.
And finally, the contract offer by Southampton is much better than Rennes’ proposal. Rennes are offering €1.8m-per-season, while Southampton will give him €2m plus bonuses.
Salisu will sign a four-year deal with the possibility of an optional fifth year.
Now his future is almost certain to be in England with Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton.