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According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United have made an official bid for Morgan Schneiderlin with £20 million the mooted figure.

Earlier in the week Ronald Koeman was quoted as saying that no significant bids had been made for the France international. Apparently, the Red Devils decided it was time to change that and start the process of bringing the Saints holding midfielder to Old Trafford. While the final number may end up being closer to £25 million than £20 million, it seems only a matter of time until the deal is done. With Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gudnagon, and Geoffrey Kondogbia already off the market and Arsenal seemingly focused on William Carvalho if they bring in a new holding midfielder, the path seems pretty clear for United to get their man.
Jul 2 - 2:33 PM

Jay Rodriguez is expected to make his long awaited return from injury next Wednesday when Southampton take on RasenBallsport Leipzig in their first pre-season game in Austria.

Rodriguez hasn’t featured since rupturing his ACL at the Etihad back in April 2014 and following his lengthy recovery the striker is believed to be ready for action. The return of Rodriguez will be a welcome boost for Koeman as the Saints look to build upon their success of last season. However Southampton will have to do it the hard way again following the exit of England international Nathaniel Clyne and the impending departure of Morgan Schneiderlin. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster will also remain out until the New Year as he continues his recovery from a patellar tendon rupture.
Source: Daily Echo
Jul 2 - 11:14 AM

Southampton haven't taken too many wrong turns in the transfer market but their biggest ended with the release of Dani/Pablo Osvaldo today.

Osvaldo remains Southampton's record signing and an excellent example of the exception proving the rule. The rule is that Southampton have been very good in the transfer market over the past three or four years. Osvaldo's spectacular failures on and off the pitch are as exceptional a blight on that record as can be imagined. After arriving in England he had loan spells at Juve, Inter and Boca Juniors with the Boca Juniors loan being the only one that was remotely successful. Still, the Saints had to bite the bullet and release him which presumably came with a rather large write off on the books.
Jul 1 - 4:48 PM

The rumor mill has Morgan Schneiderlin moving closer to a transfer from Southampton to Manchester United as the week draws to the close.

With a fee of between £20million (rising to £25) and a flat £24million mooted depending on the source, the tide appears to be shifting from Schneiderlin-to-Arsenal to Schneiderlin-to-United. Either club would do well to pick up the France international with United probably having a more acute need given Michael Carrick's age and injury issues last season. Arsenal have an ascending player in Francis Coquelin in the holding role and a variety of options to play next to Coquelin in the form of Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere, and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The question at Arsenal is what happens if Coquelin is injured/suspended? There isn't really a Plan B beyond Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini who both appear to be past their prime.
Jun 26 - 3:30 PM

Tottenham are in pursuit of center back Toby Alderweireld and reports indicate that the Belgian is open to the move.

This could be a dynamite signing for Tottenham, as they are in need of an upgrade at center back and who better to fit the role than the former club teammate and current national teammate of Jan Vertonghen? Initially linked with Chelsea, the Blues have since taken their foot off of the gas and Spurs are set to swoop in. Alderweireld is currently on his honeymoon, but reports indicate that he will be putting ink to paper as soon as he returns. The signing would put a major road block in the career of Federico Fazio at White Hart Lane.
Jun 25 - 12:29 PM

Southampton have signed Malaga forward Juanmi, arriving on a transfer fee in the region of £5m.

Juanmi figures to be a development project for Ronald Koeman, who currently has Graziano Pelle, Shane Long, a healthy Jay Rodriguez and an exiled Pablo Osvaldo at his disposal. The future is bright for the 22 year old prospect though and could eventually make an impact in the side if he isn't loaned off before the end of the summer.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 16 - 5:55 PM

Steven Davis won Man of the Match honors in the Republic of Ireland's draw against Romania.

Davis was fantastic in the match, much like he was with Southampton at times this season. The midfielder earned regular playing time this year and was fifth in minutes played on the Saints' squad. He featured in 35 matches but only registered two assists, as most of his contributions were effort and defense based. The lack of scoring and assisting really hurts his fantasy value, resulting in an 4.4 fantasy point per match average in the Yahoo! game. He is only an option in the very last rounds of fantasy drafts next season.
Source: Daily Echo
Jun 15 - 1:54 AM

Toby Alderweireld will hold talks with Atletico Madrid to decide on his future in the coming week.

Alderweireld was on loan at Southampton last season and performed above and beyond expectations, raising his stock in the meantime. He will return to his parent club, Atletico Madrid, in the coming week in order to discuss his future. Atletico are expected to hold a bidding war with all the clubs interested in his services, which are rumored to be Chelsea, Tottenham, and Southampton. If all three of those clubs want him, it's hard to imagine Chelsea losing the bidding war. Alderweireld could be in blue next season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 10 - 4:51 AM

Graziano Pelle was included in Italy's 28-man squad for their upcoming match against Croatia.

Italy faces Croatia on June 12th in their European Qualifier and Pelle has been chosen to be in the squad. The striker scored 12 goals in 38 matches in the Premier League this season but had a huge scoring drought in the second half of the season after a strong start. He had a number of great chances this season and 12 goals feels like a disappointment looking back on it, especially given that he didn't miss a match. Depending on how in form Pelle is next season will determine his fantasy stock, but he is an overall risky pick.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 7 - 1:20 PM

In comments made to Kenyan TV, Victor Wanyama has reiterated his desire to move from St. Mary's to the Emirates this summer.

With Francis Coquelin seemingly ensconced as the starting "midfield destroyer", the fit between Wanyama and Arsenal seems like an odd one. Certainly the Gunners could use depth behind Coquelin but would Wanyama, a preferred starter for the Saints, want to play a reserve/rotational role. Likewise, would Arsenal be willing to pay the price necessary to acquire Wanyama from Southampton if he weren't going to be an obvious upgrade in a starting position? This one seems to be more a remnant of the the pre-Coquelin era at Arsenal that is lingering on Wanyama's personal wish list but it doesn't seem likely to happen.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 5 - 10:19 AM

Bournemouth have signed Artur Boruc on a one-year deal after he was released by Southampton.

Boruc spend last season on loan at Bournemouth and helped them to the Championship title and he was later released by Southampton, who have preferred others in goal ahead of him. Boruc was solid last season and has Premier League experience, where he has been streaky and sometimes prone to error. If Bournemouth's defense is solid next season, Boruc can be a good streamer in fantasy games.
Source: BBC
Jun 4 - 5:54 AM

Southampton are heavily considering signing Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Fraser Forster was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season but has been ruled out for up to a year with a very serious knee problem. The injury is forcing Southampton's hand to sign a new goalkeeper as it seems they don't trust Paulo Gazzaniga and Kelvin Davis in goal for close to a whole season. Southampton's defense was very solid this year and Stekelenburg will be a good fantasy choice if he is brought in by the Saints.
Source: Daily Echo
Jun 4 - 5:50 AM

Atletico Madrid are reportedly going to exercise their right to cancel the Southampton's agreed fee to purchase Alderweireld permanently.

Apparently there is a clause in the contract of Toby Alderweireld that sent him on loan to Southampton to prevent a permanent move and Atletico sound like they will exercise it. The defender had an excellent season with the Saints and Atletico must believe they can sell him for a higher fee. With Chelsea reportedly interested, the bidding war should increase his price significantly. Alderweireld would be a great fit at Chelsea as he can solve their depth issue at both center back and left-back if Felipe Luis leaves this summer. His fantasy value at Chelsea would be lower at the beginning of the season due to unknown playing time.
Source: Daily Echo
Jun 1 - 3:12 PM

Morgan Schneiderlin would only leave Southampton for a team that plays in the Champions League.

This basically narrows down his suitors to Arsenal at the moment, as they are the only team rumored to be going after him that are in the Premier League and are playing Champions League football next season. Schneiderlin said he is happy in England and would like to remain there, and also mentioned he is happy to stay at Southampton if there isn't an acceptable offer for him from a big club. It sounds like Schneiderlin's future is undecided so keep an eye out for rumors this summer.
Source: Sky Sports
May 31 - 7:28 PM

Jos Hooiveld has been released by Southampton after spending the season out on loan.

Hooveld has lost his place at Southampton and never really had a chance to impress this season. The Saints brought in Toby Alderweireld and Florin Gardon to play center-back on top of the already solid Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida. There are holes at Southampton, but center-back is not one of them and Hooiveld will not be missed in any way.
Source: Sky Sports
May 30 - 5:19 PM



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