Cedric Soares has already confirmed that he will be leaving Southampton at the end of his contract, which expires next summer – and a ready-made replacement is already reportedly cropping up on the shortlists of multiple Premier League clubs.
Euro 2016 winner Cedric told The Telegraph earlier this season that he would be leaving the South coast club at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, five years after joining the Saints – in which he has so far clocked up 133 appearances in all competitions.
Southampton do have a replacement right-back in Yan Valery, but the France youth international is somewhat behind the required standard of the Premier League – and some way off that of former Sporting Lisbon star Cedric.
Ralph Hasenhuttl needs a new right-back, one with plenty of Premier League experience and even though Cedric will leave next summer – Hasenhuttl needs to start looking in January for a replacement, and Liverpool boast the perfect option.
Indeed, a return to Southampton for Nathaniel Clyne would see the Saints secure the perfect replacement for the outgoing Cedric. Clyne is currently working on returning to full fitness, after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in pre-season.
But Sky Sports have claimed that multiple Premier League sides have made enquiries for the 28-year-old – who left Southampton to join Liverpool in 2015 for £12.5million (BBC). It is believed Clyne is looking to begin training next month.
Clyne clocked up 104 appearances for Southampton between 2012 and 2015, even earning an England spot in that time. A return to Southampton would not only see the Saints solve their right-back issue, but it would get the best out of Clyne again.
A return to Southampton for Clyne makes complete sense, and it is a move that would more than suit all parties involved. Hasenhuttl’s side have to be one of the reported Premier League teams enquiring over Clyne.