In Focus: Southampton set to block Bertrand exit now but he will go in the summer

According to reports in the printed version of The Sun on January 5 (page 57), £60m-rated Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand wants to leave the club during the January transfer window, but the club have told him that he is staying.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says that the England international was hoping to quit the south coast outfit this month in order to join a team that is capable of winning trophies, having been frustrated that Saints have dropped down the Premier League table after four successive top-eight finishes.

The Sun says that his desire to leave Southampton has alerted runaway leaders Manchester City, although he is rated at £60m by the club after they sold Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75m at the start of the month.

How has Bertrand done this season?

The 28-year-old full-back failed to recapture the form he has shown in previous years at the start of the campaign, but he improved towards the tail end of last year with two assists in the 4-1 win against Everton, and a man of the match performance in the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

The Three Lions man hasn’t been as influential going forward as he has been in the past though, which would suggest that he is perhaps thinking about moving on – especially after seeing teammate van Dijk go.

Will he leave during this window?

If Southampton really do want £60m for him then it seems unlikely, with even Man City unlikely to pay that amount for him.

Despite the fact that his contract isn’t due to run out until 2021, it is still a huge fee for a full-back that is two years older than van Dijk and unless the south coast outfit lower their demands, he will almost certainly be staying until the summer when he is likely to be sold.