The Saints enjoyed a superb campaign last season, finishing eighth under Mauricio Pochettino before the Argentine upped sticks for Tottenham this summer. Feyenoord boss Ronal Koeman replaced Pochettino at St. Mary's Stadium, but has seen Luke Shaw join Manchester United and Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert move on to Liverpool, whilst Calum Chambers' £16m move to Arsenal was also completed today.
Koeman has used his Eredivisie experience to land Twente star Dusan Tadic and Feyenoord goal machine Graziano Pelle, but having seen his squad decimated, the former Dutch international has to replenish his side with less than three weeks to go until the start of the new Premier League season.
In a bid to replace some of the attacking prowess lost with the departures of Lallana and Lambert, reports today suggest that the Saints are looking to bring German youngster Gnabry from Arsenal in a loan deal after negotiating the sale of right back Chambers with the Gunners.
The 19-year-old winger showed some promise in his 11 appearances for Arsene Wenger's side last season, but the arrival of Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates Stadium make it unlikely that the former Stuttgart youngster will feature much. With the likes of Sanchez, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott all vying for places out wide, Gnabry will surely be sat on the sidelines - and a love move would do him the world of good.
Regular playing time is key to Gnabry's development, and playing for a side that have such a history of nurturing young talent in Southampton would be a great move. In fact, Arsenal have already loaned a young player to Koeman before, as winger Ryo Miyaichi spent time with Feyenoord, impressing in the process.
The Japanese youngster hasn't kicked on since then, but the hope will be that Gnabry would ultimately come back from his loan ready to feature in the first team - and this move could be the perfect preparation for his future in North London.