Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is demanding answers from the Saints board, in the wake of speculation linking Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw away from the South Coast.
The Argentinian, who himself faces an uncertain future at the club, has met with club owner Ralph Krueger to try and establish a long-term vision.
It is thought that if those bids are accepted, Pochettino could leave the club a year earlier than his contract expiry, leaving the club manager-less and without two of their crown jewels.
In the case of Lallana, the 26-year-old is the subject of a definite bid from Premier League runners up Liverpool, and could be unveiled on Merseyside as early as next week, according to sources close to him. All parties involved are remaining tight-lipped over the situation, but the general consensus around Southampton is that both Lallana and Shaw have made their last appearances for the club.
And the mood around Pochettino's meetings with the Saints board suggests he could be imminently about to leave, as well.
These moves away, plus the expected loss of teenage sensation Shaw to Old Trafford would leave Saints relatively rudderless as they look to push on from their record Premier League finish in 2013/14.
Shaw, still a target for United after former manager David Moyes's botched attempt at signing him last summer, is number one priority for incoming boss Louis Van Gaal. A time of renewal abounds at Old Trafford, with current left-back Patrice Evra out of contract in June and no assurances that he will be offered a new deal. That's where the widely-admired Shaw comes in.
He offers the perfect long-term option for the Red Devils, as they look to bounce back from the ignominy of their worst ever Premier League campaign.
Despite the acclaimed academy on the South Coast continuing to flourish - and the potential £50 million payday from the sale of Shaw and Lallana - it could spell trouble for the future.
Even with a hefty wad of cash capable of luring replacements to St. Mary's, the loss of two of their biggest stars could result in less inclination for outsiders to consider a move. The club must be sure to secure damage limitation when it comes to key players leaving, and at the same time ensure Saints remains an attractive proposition to potential new recruits.
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