Southampton are set to try and make Nathaniel Clyne one of the highest earners at the St. Mary’s Stadium by offering him a new deal worth £45,000-a-week, but fear he has already made up his mind to leave.
Manchester United are the club most frequently linked with the England international, with Chelsea also said to be in tow. And now, as reported by the Daily Mail, Clyne’s current club believe he’s resolved to choose a team competing in the Champions League - which could be either of those two clubs - rather than pledge his future to the south coast outfit.
That’s in spite of the fact that the Saints are currently in negotiations with the 24-year-old’s chief representatives and are desperate to get a deal done as he enters the final year of his agreement with them. Clyne has gone from strength to strength under Ronald Koeman and to lose him just a year after seeing the likes of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana depart would be a bitter blow to take.
And yet the club know they can’t compete with Clyne’s suitors financially which means, barring a miracle that gets them into the Champions League qualification spots for next year, they’re behind in pretty much all the stakes.
As a result they’re said to be ready to consider selling him if he doesn’t put pen to paper before the summer transfer window. That’s an action forced by the fact that they risk losing him for free next year, or at least for a cut-price fee next January, if they don’t cash in on him now, which leaves them little choice.
United in pole?
Of his two major suitors it’s United that Southampton should be most fearful of. Not only do they boast Clyne’s former teammate Shaw amongst their ranks, which could perhaps be another incentive for him to choose Old Trafford, but it’s become common knowledge that Van Gaal will be in the market for a new right-back as of the end of this season.
In fact just yesterday did reports claim that Rafael da Silva was worried that his days are numbered with the Red Devils, and though Barcelona’s Dani Alves is an alternative one can assume Clyne’s experience in the Premier League coupled with his age would make him the priority option.
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