Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told Nathaniel Clyne he must inform the club whether or not he'll sign a new contract in the next ten days, as the defender continues to stall on negotiations over an extension at St Mary's following alleged transfer interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.
The England international has been heavily linked with a move away from the south coast this summer as he approaches the final 12 months of his current deal, and the Dutch coach has admitted the 24-year-old risks being sold if he refuses to commit his future.
"We’re still speaking with Clyney and his agent, but of course we have to know in 10 days," Koeman was quoted saying by the Daily Mail. "The club is doing an offer the maximum what we can do and then we expect the player’s answer.
"I’ve spoken to Clyney, he’s very happy and of course there is some interest but nobody has really bid for the player."
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been mooted as an admirer of the former Crystal Palace man as he looks to strengthen his options at right-back ahead of the new season.
It could be the second consecutive season that Manchester United raid Southampton for one of their talented young full-backs following the club's £30 million move for Clyne's former team-mate Luke Shaw last summer.
Like Shaw did last year, Clyne has also attracted attention from Stamford Bridge, as Jose Mourinho reportedly considers an approach for the Saints star - potentially as a long-term replacement for Branislav Ivanovic.
The Serbian stopper is about to enter the final year of his contract in west London and has been linked with a number of top European suitors including Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
It's understood that Mourinho wants to retain Ivanovic's services, but the fact the club will only offer him a rolling one-year contract due to his age (over 30), means there are some doubts about his future.
Asked whether Clyne is still happy playing for Southampton, Koeman reiterated his belief that the player is content, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll still be playing there next season.
"All the players are happy with how the team is doing," he added. "But it’s football, you never know. In football if you go in your last season of contract, we don’t like that."
After establishing himself as one of the most consistent performers in his position in all of England's top-flight, it's no surprise to see Clyne being linked with higher profile clubs, particularly after breaking through to Roy Hodgson's Three Lions squad.
The youngster has made a seamless transition into the national team fold, and sadly for Southampton fans looks destined for bigger and better things.
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