now The newswires were abuzz yesterday afternoon, with Press Association Sport reporting that Manchester United are no longer interested in signing Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne.
Several newspapers have made the assumption that the development leaves Liverpool at the head of the queue in the race to prize the England international away from his current employers.
Clyne is currently 7/4 to be an Anfield player at the close of the next transfer window, while it’s 5/4 that he is still plying his trade at St Mary’s come September the 3rd this year.
The revelation that United are ‘no longer interested’ in the 24-year-old at first comes across like a slight on their perception of the defender’s abilities, but on closer inspection could just as easily be a recognition that he may yet sign a new deal on the South Coast.
Two weeks ago Southampton director of football Les Reed was quoted as saying talks over an as yet unsigned contract had been “very, very positive” following the player changing his agent.
This would mean that United, rather than turning their back on Clyne from a quality perspective, were merely looking elsewhere for a more economical solution to their clear and present need in the right-back slot.
Such a theory, if true could have big ramifications for Everton, with Seamus Coleman on the Reds’ radar for two seasons now and strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in the last January transfer window.
That was despite having signed a new five-year deal in June 2014 and, with few Toffees having increased their market worth in a moderate 2014/15, it may be that Coleman now represents better value than Clyne.
Despite their standing within the English game, Everton have long had little option but to cash in when receiving good offers for their best players and here they may be about to pay the price for Southampton’s sounder financial footing with the full-back they signed for £60,000 from Sligo Rovers back in 2008.
Coleman is 1/5 to be a Manchester United player next season, with the Toffees 4/1 to hold on to their man.