As usual, the three clubs that do go down to the Championship next month will have some of their players wanting to leave the club.
It happens every year, and it’s usually the best players who push for a move.
The news today is that England left-back Ryan Bertrand wants to leave Southampton this summer, but interestingly he says that’s whether or not the Saints are relegated.
It never helps a club when a player talks about wanting to leave the club when they are involved in a relegation scrap.
Ryan Bertrand – rated at £25M
The Sun is reporting that Newcastle, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are interested in the player.
Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett has had a good season, and Newcastle have done well since he recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered in the first game at home to Tottenham last August.
But Rafa wants to increase the competition for places in every single position of the team if he can.
With Jesus Gamez and Sadio Haidara both leaving the club this summer Rafa will want to bring in at least one new full back.
The 28-year-old Bertrand is also almost guaranteed to be in the England squad for the World Cup this summer in Russia.
But if Manchester United and Tottenham are really interested in signing the player, we may not have much of a chance of getting Bertrand.
And a question is whether Rafa would want to pay out £25M for a full-back when other positions in the side need strengthening more than left back.
Ryan started his career at Chelsea and moved to Southampton in 2014 and he’s played 139 times for the Saints with 6 goals; he’s been capped 19 times by England.
Rafa did manage the player when he was he was the manager of Chelsea when they won the Europa League back in 2013 so he will know the player.
What do you think?