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Southampton so clever to try and force flop out of St. Mary’s this summer

Southampton have been busy in the transfer window of late having both signed and sold the likes of Stuart Armstrong, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Dusan Tadic. And one player who could be set to follow Tadic out of the St. Mary’s exit door is midfielder Jordy Clasie, according to Voetbal International

The Breakdown

Clasie was brought to Southampton by manager at the time Ronald Koeman back in the summer of 2015 to replace Morgan Schneiderlin, who departed St. Mary’s for Manchester United in the same window.

£5.8m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Clasie, however, was not able to have the same sort of influence in the middle of the park that Schneiderlin did. The Netherlands international has since gone on to spend a season out on loan at Club Brugge following back-to-back disappointing campaigns in England, but could now be set for a permanent move away from Southampton.

Assessing the Saints’ squad, midfield is arguably their strongest area. Mario Lemina, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg are all very good midfielders.

Including the addition of Armstrong, it is hard to see how Clasie could find a way into Mark Hughes’ starting XI.

Ultimately, now is probably a good time for the Southampton hierarchy to cash in on Clasie. The 27-year-old has failed to make any impact at St. Mary’s and is not better than any of the other options Hughes currently has at his disposal.

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