If the summer transfer rumour mill is to be believed, largely forgotten Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie seems likely to be back in the Eredivisie next season, lining up for AZ Alkmaar.
Having spent the last two years away from St Mary’s Stadium with season long loan spells at Club Brugge and former club Feyenoord, with some loose departure links surrounding the 27-year-old, the speculation spiked recently when it came to the Dutch sides interest in the player.
Over the weekend, there were firm quotes from both Sporting Director Max Huiberts and incoming head coach Arne Slot about their interest in Clasie and they confirmed that contact had been made and the player was keen, now all that needed to be done was to strike a deal with Southampton directly.
It remains to be seen whether that comes as a nominal fee for a permanent deal or a loan arrangement with a fee given he only has 12 months left on his contract, but it seems likely some kind of deal will be done even if it rumbles on for a bit.
Reacting to the news on social media, most fans clearly knew a parting of the ways was in the best interests of all now. Some deals just don’t work out but sadly we’ve had too many of them in a short space of time.
That'll still be an accounting profit, though. We paid around £8m for him, on a 5-year deal, so with only a year left on his contract his worth on the balance sheet is only £1.6m. Selling for £5m gives us £3.4m extra within FFP to use…
— Steve Grant (@SteveGrant1983) June 21, 2019
Be glad when he's gone, should never have signed him in the first place.
— Oli Davis (@LondonSaint) June 21, 2019
Good luck to the bloke
— john sawyer (@johnsawyer3) June 21, 2019
Would take 5p for him. Was an awful signing from the very start, take the money and run, and free up some wages
— Keefy (@KeithGait) June 21, 2019
Such a shame. Could of been a great midfielder, just didn't work out
— Tom Goddard (@Tom_Goddard23) June 21, 2019
Great, that will save us £2m pa
— Spencer Houghton (@SpencerHoughts) June 21, 2019
The way this club has treated Clasie is stupid. He scored goals under Puel (like J-Rod) then the next 2 clowns had no idea. Shame Ralph never got the chance to use him.
— Simon Ryan (@simonryan80) June 21, 2019