Ryan Bertrand is likely to leave Southampton at some point in 2021 amid interest from the Premier League’s big-hitters, as reported by Goal.
Danny Ings is not the only Saints star facing an uncertain future at St Mary’s.
With manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admitting that funds are tighter than ever in this COVID-afflicted world, a Southampton side who recorded a pre-tax loss of £76 million recently have a mountain to climb if they want two key players to stay beyond next summer (Daily Echo).
Long-serving left-back Bertrand insisted that he was in it for the ‘long haul’ in December, suggesting that his top priority was to stay on the South Coast.
But, with his contract expiring in just six months, there are growing concerns that an extension will not be agreed.
Goal states that Bertrand wants a raise on his current £70,000-a-week deal – one that would require Southampton to shatter their wage structure.
The Saints are not willing to give in to his demands, despite serious interest from a number of as-yet unnamed top-flight rivals.
As such, Southampton may be forced to sell Bertrand within the next two weeks, knowing that the former Chelsea youngster will be a free agent at the end of this season.
The Mail reported in June that top-of-the-table Leicester City had identified the 31-year-old England international as a replacement for the Chelsea-bound Ben Chilwell.
James Justin and Timothy Castagne have done a fine job at left-back since then, though the impending departure of Christian Fuchs could open the door for Bertrand to join the Foxes in the near future.