Understandably outraged over Southampton’s apparent willingness to sell everyone aside from him, Morgan Schneiderlin has slipped a transfer request under the door of the St Mary’s boardroom.
The French holding-midfield man has been strongly linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks, with former boss Mauricio Pochettino rumoured to be very keen on linking up with him again at White Hart Lane.
With selling very much the flavour of the month in the Saints camp, it seems strange that they wouldn’t coax another fortune out of the pockets of a Premier League bedfellow.
A reported £96m has been yielded from the talent exodus that’s dragged their relegation price down to 5/1.
Should Schneiderlin join the sizeable list of departures this price could be subject to further shrinking, but the Southampton faithful needn’t fear this eventuality, even if the club take the money one more time.
Here’s why selling up is a good idea:
How much further could they have gone?
Despite having assets that have retailed around the £100m mark, Saints could only finish eighth and 23 points behind the Champions League places.
Realistically, were they going to build on this and mount a challenge for fourth in 2014/15?
It’s incredibly unlikely, so with a solid core of players already at the club that are capable of staving off the drop, it makes sense to shed their most marketable assets at sky-high prices.
The replacements they’re sourcing are no mugs.
Graziano Pelle, who scored 23 times in the Eredivisie last term, is parachuted in for Rickie Lambert.
Just £10.9m of the £25m made from Adam Lallana’s sale went on procuring Dusan Tadic from Twente, who bagged 16 and assisted 14 in the Dutch top-flight last time around.
A Champions League-winning left-back in Ryan Bertrand is the man to fill Luke Shaw’s £30m boots and further reinforcements are forecast to be en route to bolster both attacking and defensive departments.
As far as central-midfielders go, the Saints are well-equipped to deal with the loss of Schneiderlin.
With Victor Wanyama and Jack Cork in the ranks already, alongside potential-loaded midfielders such as James Ward-Prowse acting as understudies, Schneiderlin’s position is one where they’re not wanting for back up.