Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has decided to reject attempts from his club to talks terms over a bumper new contract, until this summer at least.
Clyne wants to wait until the end of the season to decide whether his long-term future lies on the South Coast, which is hardly surprising when you consider both Manchester United and Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for the promising right-back.
The 23-year-old is just a few months from entering the final year of his current contract at St Mary's, which ESPN sources believe means he can afford to be patient and delay talking to Saints about his next move for the time being.
Transfer speculation hard to dismiss
Saints clearly have a big fight on their hands to stop Clyne moving on this summer, particularly if Ronald Koeman's side fall short in their commendable attempts to secure European qualification against the odds.
Clyne has been at the heart of a Saints backline which has kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League, but as last summer showed success brings vultures from higher up the table sniffing around any side's better players.
United's need greater than Chelsea's
You can see why both United and Chelsea are reportedly keeping close tabs on Clyne, now a fully fledged England international with the raw pace and technical quality to make a difference at both ends of the pitch.
United are definitely in the market for a new right-back, primarily because Rafael has failed to convince Louis van Gaal all season long. Chelsea would also like to take the workload off Branislav Ivanovic and are aware he must be replaced sooner rather than later, but its Van Gaal's need that looks greater at this moment in time.
Clyne certainly possess the dynamism to give United some much-needed width bombing on, particularly when Van Gaal decides to indulge his preference for a three-man defence coupled with wing-backs.
Saints will be faced with a difficult decision if United do come calling, do they let Clyne run his contract down and risk allowing him to leave for nothing in 2016 or cash in while interest is high?
With Morgan Schneiderlin also considering his options don't be surprised if its another summer of upheaval for Saints, one that sees Clyne go in search of Champions League aspirations.
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