Multiple reports out of England claim that Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne is at the top of plenty of wish-lists this summer.
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Clyne, 23, has starred for Saints since arriving from Crystal Palace in 2012 and is just about to complete his third-straight season in the Premier League. Clyne has been lauded by his own manager Ronald Koeman as the “best full back” in the Premier League, and this season has arguably been his best.
The former Palace right back has been called up to the English national team and has won two caps for the Three Lions. However his current deal at Saints runs out in the summer of 2016 and the Londonder is set to assess his options after this season and is no rush to sign a new deal with Southampton.
Fresh reports from the Daily Mirror suggest that Chelsea have now joined the race for Clyne, as Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with a move for the pacey right back for quite some time.
According to the Mirror, Clyne is valued at around $23 million by Southampton but many Saints fans would argue that if they got $30 million from Liverpool for Dejan Lovren last summer, Clyne is worth way more than that.
With Koeman previously urging Clyne, and a number of other Saints players edging towards the end of their deals, to sit down and has out new contracts at St. Mary’s, it seems as though his current club are eager to get him locked down for the foreseeable future. Yet with United, Chelsea and others able to offer Clyne a vast increase on any offer Saints can make him, will he follow the likes of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers out of the door this summer?
United are certainly in the hunt for a new right back as Brazilian Rafael doesn’t seem to fit into van Gaal’s plans and young center back Paddy McNair has been shunted out to the right on several occasions this season. As for Chelsea, they seem to have sufficient cover in the right back slot as things stand with Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic already at the club.