Report: Southampton braced for transfer departure of Vestergaard

Southampton are bracing for the departure of centre-half Jannik Vestergaard during this summer’s transfer window.

According to The Telegraph, the ace is seen as an option for clubs looking for a dependable centre-back.

Vestergaard was linked with a move to Leicester City during the January 2020 window, however, a move never materialised.

The Denmark international has been at the St Mary’s Stadium for three seasons. He joined the club from Borussia Monchengladbach for £22.5m back in July 2018.

The figure was a key part of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side last season, playing in 30 of the 38 Premier League games.

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He’s due to play for his home country in this summer’s Euro 2020 competition.

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TBR View: Vestergaard proves a valuable player for Southampton amid transfer links

Vestergaard has been a great servant for the Saints during his time on the south coast.

His defensive resilience has made him one of the best, if not the best, option for the outfit.

Only Jack Stephens made fewer fouls per game than the defender. Meanwhile, no defender was dribbled past fewer times or made more interceptions than Vestergaard.

However, it’s not just in defence where his presence is felt. At 6 foot 5, the centre-half has posed a threat in opposition penalty areas. He scored three times in the Premier League last term with all of them coming from headers.

Vestergaard was lauded by Hasenhuttl at the start of last term with the Austrian describing him as a ‘role model‘.

The figure’s experience at the back would be hard to replace this summer. Market conditions and the current financial situation could also hamper the move for a replacement.

His performances at both ends of the pitch make him an invaluable figure for the club. Despite having a year left on his contract, the Saints should focus on keeping Vestergaard rather than letting him leave.

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