Jordy Clasie played under current Saints boss Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord, where he is also now captain.
A full Dutch international, Clasie has a contract at De Kuip until 2018, but he has been quoted by the Corriere dello Sport as confirming his desire to play abroad in the future. Due to his links with Koeman, the youngster is reportedly a transfer target for Southampton, according to the Mirror, which claims the Saints are looking at him as a long-term replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin.
Manchester United have also taken an interest in Clasie, as per the Manchester Evening News, and that interest could develop into a move with former Dutch international head coach Louis van Gaal now in charge at Old Trafford.
Renowned for his precise passing and energetic play, as well as his maturity on the field, Clasie has come to be known as the ‘Dutch Xavi’ by some, and he is a highly sought-after prospect. Due to his age, signing him represents what is likely to be a budget signing for a number of years, and whoever secures the Dutch international will surely make him the key man in their midfield.
With the lesser reputation of the Eredivisie in relation to the other of Europe’s top leagues, it is highly likely that Clasie will depart when a formal offer is made for him, and, although he intends to stay with Feyenoord for the time being, he has told the Corriere dello Sport that he needs to play in a foreign league in the future to grow as a player.
The young midfielder was quoted as saying: “For the moment I'm concentrating on Feyenoord, I want to go as far as possible in both the league and in the Europa League.
“In the future, however, my goal is to play in foreign leagues in order to grow as a player.”