After several weeks of speculation, sources revealed that Manchester United has formally informed Southampton of their interest in signing up Nathaniel Clyne.
The development was reported by ESPNFC, who also revealed that Southampton manager Ronald Koenam has already given Clyne ten days to decide on whether he would stay or opt for a transfer. “I’ve spoken to Clyney,” Koenam said. “he’s very happy and of course there is some interest but nobody has really bid for the player.”
Manchester has previously been reported to be keen on getting the defender as part of their efforts to strengthen their frontlines. However, Southampton has stressed that they would not sell the 24-year old for below their asking price.
For his part, Clyne has earlier expressed that he wishes to play in the Champions League as soon as he can. Sources also said that he is “fully aware” of the interest that United has in him, which could play into his final decision, with him likely going for the offer. Clyne’s current contract with Southampton is set to expire in the summer of 2016.
In another transfer news, Schelke’s Kevin-Prince Boateng may be playin g in China next, sources reveal..
According to a report by German newspaper Bild, two Chinese ball clubs have already shown interest in signing up Boateng. “I have also heard about the interest from China. But there is nothing concrete yet,” Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt said. “We have agreed to sit down with his agents in the summer.” Boateng is also linked with a move to the American MLS.
It was earlier claimed by sources that the Rooyal Blues have been seeking a way to have him taken out of the squad after a lacklustre performance in February, where Schalke lost to Borusia Dortmund 3-0 in the Bundesliga. Boateng still has a contract with the team that would last through 2016.