Francis Benali gives verdict on Southampton's transfer business so far

Southampton Football Club

It looks like this summer may once again see some major comings and goings at St Mary's.

Southampton legend Francis Benali has been discussing the Saints' incoming signings made so far this summer, and is very happy with the players that have been brought in, according to an interview on the club's website.

The fullback featured in 389 games for the Saints during a 19-year spell on the South Coast, and he has praised Southampton for getting business done early this summer, with Portugal international fullback Cedric Soares, Spanish international striker Juanmi and Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekleenburg all coming in.

“It seems they have gone about that business in a pretty swift manner in strengthening the squad," the 46-year-old said to the Southampton website. "I’m sure there’s still business to be done. That’s only healthy for the dressing room.

“They will have looked at qualifying for the Europa League and what needed to be done from a playing perspective if that happened.

“The business done has been a big statement. Players have come in of the quality that will strengthen what we have already and will complement the squad we have."

Are Southampton facing another summer of upheaval at St Mary's

Though Benali has said he is happy with the players that have come into the club, it is looking likely that two of the biggest deals involving the Saints will once again be exits, with Nathaniel Clyne on the cusp of a move to Liverpool and Morgan Schneiderlin reportedly set to move to Manchester United, according to Sky Sports, while there is uncertainty as to whether Toby Aldweireld will sign on a permanent deal.

Though Soares has been brought in already and could come in for England fullback Clyne, losing Schneiderlin will be a big blow to the way Southampton play their football.

However, last season proved that the club have some success when it comes to replacing their star players for a fraction of the price, and considering the fees being discussed for their two summer sales, the Saints will have plenty of cash with which to once more invest in the side.

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