Jannik Vestergaard has been tipped to leave Southampton this summer, which would be a huge blow to Ralph Hasenhuttl ahead of next season.
The Telegraph claimed earlier this week that the Saints are now braced for the departure of the Denmark international this summer, and interested clubs will surely keep a close eye on him during the European Championship this month.
The 28-year-old has previously been linked with Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the summer transfer window and has just one year left on his deal with the Saints, so a summer exit certainly appears to be on the cards.
Whilst Hasenhuttl has suggested that Vestergaard won’t be sold this summer, it would be a poor financial decision to keep him at the club if he has no intention of signing a new deal, as it would likely lead to them losing him on a free transfer in the summer of 2022.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach man was one of the top performers at Southampton last season, contributing three goals in 30 Premier League appearances and averaging a solid 6.89 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This ranks him as the third-best performer with the Saints, with only James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu rated higher, which emphasises just how important he is in Hasenhuttl’s squad and suggests that Saints fans would certainly be frustrated if he were sold this summer.
The centre-back, who reportedly earns £60,000 per week at Southampton, was one of the key reasons behind the Saints’ impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign, although his form dropped in the second half of the season as they endured a torrid run of form in the top flight.
Losing Vestergaard would bring in some much-needed transfer funds this summer but it would also mean that Hasenhuttl would surely need to bring in a centre-back replacement, as it would leave just Jan Bednarek, Mohammed Salisu and Jack Stephens available as options in central defence should the Dane depart.
Given that he was arguably Southampton’s best defender last season in a side which shipped far too many goals, it would be a huge blow to lose him ahead of next term. Unless quality reinforcements are brought in, it could well lead to Southampton being dragged into another relegation fight.