If there’s any club in the Premier League that knows not to fear losing one or two star players this summer, it is Southampton.
Last year the Saints were stripped of several key men, but after some shrewd work of their own in the transfer market, Ronald Koeman’s side have enjoyed an excellent campaign.
Southampton will likely face a similar challenge this summer, as their prize assets are being eyed up by bigger sides once again.
Morgan Schneiderlin came close to leaving last year, and is reportedly still coveted by Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The French midfielder is perhaps the most important member of Koeman’s side, so Saints’ fans will be pleased to hear their club already has a potential replacement in mind.
Legia Warszawa’s Ondrej Duda has previously been linked with Spurs and Arsenal himself, but is now reportedly being lined up by Southampton to fill Schneiderlin’s boots at St Mary’s.
The 20-year-old midfielder has enjoyed an excellent season with the Ekstraklasa leaders, and is already a full Slovakia international.
Duda, who would likely cost around £6m, is a more attacking player than Schneiderlin, and has registered eight goals and nine assists in 38 games in all competitions for Legia this term.
Southampton made several successful forays into Europe last summer, with Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane in particular proving excellent purchases, but dipping into the Polish top-flight would be an even more risky move for the Saints.
Duda has only spent one year at Legia, moving to Poland from Slovakian side Kosice last summer, and it would be a big ask for him to replace a player as important as Schneiderlin in his first season in England.
However, given their recent dealings, only a fool would bet against Southampton getting it right once again.
Koeman’s side still have a chance of grabbing fifth in the Premier League and travel to Leicester for the their next match, a game the Saints are 33/20 to win.