One of the semi-regular stories on the rumour mill when it comes to summer departures for Southampton concerns the future of Dutchman Jordy Clasie.
The 27-year-old has spent the last two years away from St Mary’s Stadium after falling out of favour and he’s enjoyed mixed spells with Club Brugge and Feyenoord, but in recent days a potential interest from AZ Alkmaar has surfaced and it seems to be gaining pace.
A return to the Eredivisie is probably best for all concerned, but we’re certainly going to take a hit on the original £8million fee we paid Feyenoord for his services a few years back as with only 12 months left on his contract, it would be a nominal fee at best in my mind.
With Alkmaar’s potential interest known, the Daily Echo recently quoted incoming head coach Arne Slot, and he confirmed they did have a significant interest in giving the player a route out and they had already sounded Clasie out about a move.
As yet though, no agreement has been struck with Southampton directly.
“Jordy himself is enthusiastic, it is now up to Max Huiberts to get out with him and with Southampton. I spoke to Jordy about what his role could be in the team. Jordy is good at the ball, good at the passing and that, in combination with our players with depth, is what we are looking for at that position.”
Affairs director Max Huiberts added.
“Sometimes there is a chance to get this kind of boy. The trainer has been in contact with him. Jordy Clasie has a one-year contract with Southampton. We have to wait and see how this develops. It is still quiet. This period is still to be scanned. If large transfers take place with Dutch players in the large countries, it will become a bit more restless.”
Seems it’s only a matter of time on this one for me and AZ are simply searching for the best deal from their end, but as the deadline day approaches our preferred price will drop to get him off the wage bill.