Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr has moved to ensure that the club are under no pressure to sell off their prized assets at the end of the season.
Already owed £29.2m by the Saints, Liebherr has made a further £20m available to as a loan, which has been used to pay off debts to a third-party investor.
The club’s entire debt, just south of £50m, is now in-house as a result, meaning that they have no need to sell off sought-after players such as Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne this summer.
As a result the 1/2 bwin.com offer about the St Mary’s outfit making less money from transfers this summer than they did in the same window of 2014 looks good value.
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The Telegraph reported the news of Liebherr’s latest loan and the paper estimated Southampton to have made in the region of £82m from the sales of five first-team players last summer.
They’re 7/5 to rake in an even greater windfall, but that seems unlikely with only Schneiderlin and Clyne exciting column inches among the gossip pedlars at present.
Valued at a combined fee just short of £35m by transfermarkt.com, the sales of both, even allowing for bidding-war based price inflation, would fall well short.
The sale of both stars in the next transfer window remains one the bwin odd moguls foresee, with Southampton 7/10 to cash in each on the pair before September the 3rd and as long as 14/1 that neither leave during that period.
Ronald Koeman’s charges are 7/4 for victory against Everton at Goodison Park in their next Premier League outing.
They remain in sixth place as it stands, with Manchester United two wins away in a final Champions League spot the Saints are as long as 11/1 to usurp.