Southampton have offered Nathaniel Clyne a bumper new contract worth £45,000-a-week contract in a bid to stop the full-back joining Manchester United or Chelsea this summer.
That is according to The Mirror, who believe Saints want to reward the 23-year-old for his terrific form this season with a bumper pay rise, while securing his long-term future at the same time.
Clyne is out of contract at the end of next season and has been keen to keep his options open until now, which is no surprise given the calibre of teams chasing his signature. Things look set to come to a head over the next two months though, with the time fast approaching for the England international to decide if he wants to stay at St Mary's or move on.
Saints facing another testing summer
United lead the queue of clubs giving serious consideration to a bid for Clyne, with the Red Devils once again hoping to read the South Coast club for a promising full-back with tremendous raw potential.
Louis van Gaal is desperate to sign a new right-back this summer after deciding Rafael doesn't fit the bill, which means that Saints already know they're facing a huge fight to keep both Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin.
Clyne looks likely to leave South Coast
Van Gaal and Mourinho have to view Southampton's £45,000-a-week offer as a boost in their chase for Clyne, because its highly unlikely that he's going to accept that offer when you look at the pay packet he could commend elsewhere.
One look at former team-mate Luke Shaw's £120,000k-a-week salary at United would be enough to make him think twice, why settle for less than half that when big clubs look ready to come calling.
Get ready for an auction
The harsh reality Saints fans are all too familiar with is that Clyne will likely be sold this summer to make sure they receive a respectable fee for a player with all the attributes to be a leading Premier League right-back for years to come.
A summer bidding war will likely feature both United and Chelsea, because the Blues need to find a player to at least compete with Branislav Ivanovic for a starting spot if not replace him altogether over the next two seasons.
Clyne will likely be best served joining United if it comes down to a straight choice between the two Premier League giants though, because first-team opportunities will be plentiful.
Man United fans, is Clyne the right-back that Van Gaal has been crying out for? What about you Chelsea fans, would you take Clyne to ease the workload of Ivanovic? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!
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