It’s become an ongoing joke in the Transfer Tavern when Southampton unearth a real talent, with Liverpool fans often shouting “how much do you want for him?” before laughing raucously knowing full well the Saints will probably sell eventually!
Indeed, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane have all move from the banks of the River Solent to the banks of the River Mersey over the past three summers, and there has been speculation that more may move away over the coming windows.
Manchester City are believed to be very interested in star centre-back Virgil van Dijk, while January signing Manolo Gabbiadini’s instant impact in England has already set tongues wagging among rival fans, but reports from the Telegraph have served to boost Saints supporters looking for positivity after their weekend EFL Cup Final loss to Manchester City.
The respected newspaper have revealed that after the defeat at Wembley, chairman Ralph Kruger addressed the squad and staff, with the major theme of his speech being that the club will be doing all they can to ensure key players remain at St Mary’s Stadium:
“We would like to keep this group together,” he said.
“We don’t want to do what we did in the last three summers every year.
“We would like to move away from that and we feel confident this summer will be a lot quieter in Southampton and we can keep the core of this team moving forward for a few years.”
Although Kruger’s words are encouraging, it remains to be seen if big players have their heads turned by offers of big wages and Champions League football, with Southampton certain to be unable to offer the former in the near future.
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