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Southampton aim to win race for Braga sensation Rafa Silva

Southampton are preparing a summer bid for Braga midfielder Rafael Silva.

The People says the attacking midfielder, 20, has just won a first call up to Portugal's senior squad for Wednesday's friendly against Cameroon.

And Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino sent spies to watch him in action at Sporting Lisbon last night.

Braga have turned down a £4.5million Bayer Leverkusen bid for their prize asset.

Sevilla are also keen on Silva, who is under contract until 2018 - and has a £20m buy-out clause.

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