But it now seems that the Saints are finally going to make a stand by refusing to sell their star French international.
According to The Guardian, Southampton have slapped a £27 million transfer fee on French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
The idea is to warn potential suitors such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham off making a move for the 24-year old.
However that kind of approach to transfers has not really worked for the south coast club after Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and imminently Dejan Lovren were all sold for huge amounts.
Ronald Koeman, who took over from Mauricio Pochettino earlier this summer, will meet with the defensive midfielder for the first time on Monday.
That is when Schneiderlin returns to pre-season training having been granted an extended holiday following his World Cup involvement with France.
Reports suggest that Koeman will stress to the player how fundamental he is to the project at St. Mary’s.
Koeman wants the centre-halves in his 4-3-3 formation to be able to step out of defence with the ball at their feet and so Schneiderlin’s ability to tuck in will be crucial.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are closing in on a £16 million deal for the Saints’ young right back Calum Chambers with a medical having already taken place.
Southampton fans. Is it a bit too late to start playing hard ball? After all, you have already lost your best players. Let us know your thoughts below.
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