Southampton look like losing two vital players this summer, but that really should be the last of the departures.
At the start of June, Southampton released a statement that suggested Manchester United and Liverpool fans could stop getting excited about the prospect of their clubs signing Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana respectively.
“Southampton football club can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks,” it read.
“This is a confirmation of the depth of the development that is ongoing in our academy and of the present standing of our first team within the Premier League.
“We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers.”
Some read that as a hands-off warning, while others believed it could simply be a case of the Saints wanting to get the most for their considerable talent.
Either way, less than two months later Luke Shaw has joined United and reports claim Lallana should officially be unveiled as a Liverpool player early next week.
It would be no surprise if Southampton simply felt the offers on the table were too good to refuse. After all, as much as football is a sport it is also a business, and a total approaching £60million for two players is something that would turn most heads in the game.
But if Lallana does follow Shaw out the door, that should not be the start of an exodus.
Morgan Schneiderlin is already being touted as the next to leave, with the French midfielder hinting – all be it subtly – that he may be the third big talent to seek pastures new. But if Southampton want to be true to their impressively-worded statement they must reject any and all overtures for the rest of their stars.
Schneiderlin may want to leave, as might some of his teammates, but with a contract until the summer of 2017 the Saints have no need to sell. Not least because they already look set to pocket a fortune from Shaw’s exit and Lallana’s reported one.
There is now money to be spent this summer along with funds to be funnelled into the club. They could have even more cash but how much quality would they be left with on the pitch?
Lallana’s apparently impending exit should be the last for now; and for the Saints’ benefit, the next transfer stories relating to them should be about who they spend that considerable transfer kitty on, not on who is next to depart.