Manchester United and Chelsea have been told to forget about trying to take advantage of financial problems to lans exciting young star Luke Shaw, as his club have no need to sell.
Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger insisted the current debt problems being faced by the Saints will not mean selling off their top stars. Possibly their most sought after asset is Shaw, who has has a terrific season, which has led to reported £30million interest from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.
"We feel very comfortable that we have a plan that can deal with the situation and we are definitely not factoring in a big player sale," said Krueger.
"We're pretty sure that there are no more surprises and that being the case, we feel comfortable that we're going to be good. And that we will be able to keep this group together."
The "situation" mentioned by Krueger is the fact that the St Mary's club have £27million in outstanding transfer fees, with £22million of that amount due to be paid by this summer. The reported £30million price tag for Shaw could go someway to making a dent in that debt, though such large transfer fees are rarely paid up front.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has had a difficult first season in charge at Old Trafford and faces the summer prospect of having to replace one of his most seasoned campaigners. Patrice Evra's contract expires come the end of the season and no agreement over a new one has been made, with Inter Milan reportedly interested in taking him to San Siro along with departing captain Nemanja Vidic.
Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has performed well since being given the status as first choice in the left-back role over Ashley Cole, though the summer may bring the need for further recruitments. Cole's contract is up for renewal and his marginalisation by manager Jose Mourinho would suggest his future lies elsewhere and his deal will be allowed to expire at the end of the season.