Calum Chambers on the verge of sealing a £12million switch to Arsenal according to the Daily Mail, a sale that wasn't as expected as others, and raises strong doubts about the credibility of the Southapton board.
For the club have repeatedly said that after the sales of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, no more players would be leaving the club.
After Dejan Lovren's comments about wanting to join Liverpool, it was inevitable that he would also leave the South coast outfit this summer, but after that, the repeated comments from the club confirmed that "they wanted to retain the players we’ve got."
As well as Chambers leaving, there has also been speculation that Morgan Schniderlin could also be leaving Southampton this summer, which would mean a total of six first-team players heading out of the exit door.
Jose Fonte, Jay Rodriguez and Jack Cork have also been linked away this summer, although Fonte has been captain during recent friendlies and Cork has featured in them all too, so those rumours may not have as much substance.
The problem Southampton have now though, is the potential of a fan backlash. They have tried to quash speculation on numerous occasions but the recent sales have gone against the word given to the St.Mary's faithful.
Back in April, Southampton Executive Director Les Reed addressed the media and confirmed that the player's who are contracted to the club would stay, and enquiries would be rejected. Something that has not happened so far.
"They all have existing contracts and we intend for them to honour those contracts. Any enquiries we get will probably be met with a ‘no – not for sale’. Our intention is to keep this very good team together and build on it by bringing new players to improve on that," he said.
Even during Ronald Koeman's first press conference in July, he confirmed that after discussions with Reed, Southampton was "not a selling club."
Despite all these promises, the club continues to allow it's top players to leave, which must have fans of the club at a loss as to what is going on inside the boardroom at St.Mary's.
The Southampton board need to bring in two or three top quality replacements in double quick time, or they may well be facing a tough time on and off the pitch when the new Premier League season gets underway in three weeks.
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