Barry Fry insists that Southampton cannot stand in Danny Ings’ way if Manchester City are legitimately interested in signing the striker in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
Ings has been in exceptional form at times this season, scoring eight Premier League goals.
In his first seven games of the campaign, the 28-year-old scored five goals, and a report from Sky Sports claims that City are interested in signing the forward amid doubts over Sergio Aguero’s future.
Sky have reported that City have identified Ings as a target as they believe Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland would cost over £100m.
Fry, the Director of Football at Peterborough United, believes that Southampton will demand a similar fee for Ings, but he does not believe that the Saints will receive that type of figure.
At the same time, he has hailed Saints’ record in the transfer market, with the club receiving big fees for the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Luke Shaw in recent transfer windows.
He told FFC: “Well, I think because it’s Manchester City, Southampton will ask for £100 million, but they won’t get nowhere near that.
“Southampton have done absolutely amazing in the transfer market when they’ve sold some of their young players, but Ings isn’t young.
“He’s an established player. And, unfortunately, he’s had a few injuries. He’s a great player, he scores great goals, and he works his socks off, no doubt about that. He could contribute to every team in the Premier League.”
Fry, though, is worried that Southampton will stand in Ings’ way and cost him a move to a big Premier League club.
Indeed, he has urged the club to let him go if City do express an interest.
He added: “However, Southampton could ask for more than what Man City is willing to pay. And I hope that doesn’t happen, because he has been a great servant to Southampton. And I think if he’s got a year left, then obviously if he doesn’t sign another contract he can walk out in a year’s time on a free transfer, but that’s a waste of a year.
“It’s a waste of money that Southampton can get, and invest on other players. For what Danny Ings has done for Southampton, he should have the opportunity to move into a top club. They shouldn’t stand in his way. But at the same time, Man City’s got to pay a proper transfer fee.”