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The potential starting Southampton XI to face Swansea on the opening day of the season

Unlike other summer transfer windows, Southampton are yet to undergo their annual transfer raid, which has got their fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern hopeful for a strong season ahead.

The club have so far fended off interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea for standout defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutchman has been consistently linked with a move away from St Mary’s since the turn of the year and was at the centre of a controversial pursuit by Liverpool, but the Saints hierarchy are determined to keep the in-demand 26-year-old.

The south coast side to have a new manager at the helm. Claude Puel was sacked and has been replaced by Mauricio Pellegrino. The Argentine has signed a three-year contract at St Mary’s after leaving La Liga outfit Alaves.

The Saints have been linked with less incomings than departures, but there are a number of targets who could make the starting XI next season.

Take a look at the potential Southampton XI to face Swansea on the opening day…

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