Koeman admits Clyne and Schneiderlin may leave

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Nathaniel Clyne interesting top clubs
Nathaniel Clyne interesting top clubs

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that his club may lose both Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, with the Premier League's big hitters lining up bids for the duo.

Clyne has been linked with a move to Manchester United for several months and he has opted to put talks over a new contract on hold as he edges towards the final year of his current deal with Southampton.

His rise from promising Saints star to England international status has raised his profile and his price tag and United will need to pay big money - as they did when they signed Luke Shaw from Southampton last summer - if they are to land the defender.

Schneiderlin appears to have a host of clubs chasing his services, with the French international strongly linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea, while United have also been mentioned as a possible pursuer as well in recent days.

What seems clear is that Southampton are preparing for a summer that will see them lose star names once more, as Koeman stated in a BBC interview.

We are still trying to keep Clyne in the club. We know it's not easy as maybe there is some interest," stated Koeman.

"At the moment, there is not a serious bid for whichever player in the team, but we'll do everything to keep them."

He also offered these comments on a possible move for Schneiderlin: “It's for the player to decide, but he's happy at the moment.

"It's up to the player what he wants to do. He was surprised how we are doing and how comfortable he is in the team.

“It will be hard [to keep him], when there's interest in the player it's very hard of course but normally if we play a season like we have done so far there will be interest.

“We know our players, we know our level and it's a compliment for the team and for the club.”

Koeman's comments suggest he is expecting Clyne and Schneiderlin to be tempted away from Southampton this summer, with the duo like to cost in the region of £30m each for any potential buyers.