Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne is set to have crunch contract talks with Southampton after Tuesday’s game against Crystal Palace, according to reports from the Telegraph.
Saints manager Ronald Koeman is hoping to tie Clyne down on a long-term contract, with the England international only having just over a year left on his current deal.
Last summer there was an exodus of players, with the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, and Dejan Lovren going to Liverpool, Luke Shaw leaving for Man United, and Calum Chambers to Arsenal.
However, Koeman isn’t feeling under too much pressure as the summer window looms, pointing out that it is much easier to replace a right-back compared to a left-sided defender.
“The contact is between Les Reed [Southampton’s executive director] and the agent and Clyne, but I think after Wednesday it’s a good time to talk about that – of course, we like to know what his decision is about the future,” said Koeman.
“I can understand if there is any interest from other clubs. We don’t have really a serious bid.
“It’s not I think the most difficult position. Normally the left-back position is more difficult to find good players. But, even the right full-back position, there are not a lot who have played on the level as Clyne has been doing this season.”
After being in the top four for much of the season, Southampton’s form has dropped of late, gaining only four points in their last five fixtures slipping to sixth on the table.