Saints open talks with top United target.
Southampton will begin contract talks with key defender Nathaniel Clyne in an effort to fight off Manchester United’s rumoured interest in the player, according to the Guardian.
The 23-year-old right-back has been in superb form for the Saints this season, playing a key role in Ronald Koeman’s side’s best-ever start to a top flight campaign.
Clyne has shown great defensive awareness as well as superb ability going forward from right-back, and is supposedly now on Louis van Gaal’s radar as he looks to continue his overhaul of the first-team squad at Old Trafford.
Southampton and United play each other in their next Premier League game, but Koeman was relaxed when asked about the speculation surrounding Clyne’s future and a possible move to their next opponents.
“If I have to be worried about those kind of rumours, then I will be worried every day and I don’t like that,” he said. “I like my life and I like to be positive. It’s no issue.”
Clyne’s current contract at the St Mary’s Stadium runs until 2016, and it could be that he will be rewarded handsomely with a new deal to commit his future to the south coast club.