Southampton are a team with several key figures having question marks hanging over them at present, but how many of those result in departures remains to be seen.
Mauro Pochettino, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, are all linked with exits, and if they go - a trickle down effect could put Jay Rodriguez, Callum Chambers, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin under the spotlight.
So it's an interesting summer for last season's eighth placed finishers, and a £27m financial deficit, as reported by the BBC, will make a sale more likely, but at some point Southampton are going to have to make a stand and try to keep one of their top prospects, if only to stem the tide of further departures and cut disillusionment among the remaining players.
Liverpool are presently locked in negotiations to sign Adam Lallana, while Manchester United are pushing to sign Luke Shaw.
The latest reports in the Guardian claim Manchester United are to renew their bid for Luke Shaw this week, having had a £27 million bid rejected on Monday.
A separate report in the Guardian concerning Liverpool suggested their Lallana deal is more protracted, and he may have to submit a transfer request to get a move before the World Cup.
If United can seal their move first, it could have a negative impact on Liverpool's attempts to sign Lallana.
Further transfer context between the two clubs involve Liverpool being linked in recent days with hijacking United's deal for William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon, and Lallana himself was suggested as a target for the Red Devils only a month or so ago.
The battle for next year's Premier League positions appears to be beginning already, but Southampton need to ensure they look after their own interest and are not collateral damage as the two north-west giants seek to reach the summit. And that may mean only one of them gets their desired signing.