Southampton will allow Manchester United target James Ward Prowse to leave if they are relegated
Football Insider claimed in late March (h/t Liverpool.com) that Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United had sent scouts to watch the 28-year-old earlier this season. He is one of the finest set-piece takers around.
There is no doubt that he can be an asset in dead-ball situations. But apart from that, one would wonder how he could contribute to a high-intensity midfield that the Red Devils possess.
Currently, Casemiro, Scott McTominay and Fred are our central midfield options. Will Ward-Prowse be a big upgrade on them? That’s a doubt, but he can certainly be a decent squad player.
What to do?
It would also be a big step up for him to leave the Saints and join a decorated club like Manchester United, who are more or less destined to play in the UEFA Champions League next season. Moreover, we can take advantage of Southampton’s situation.
If they allow the English midfielder to leave, they could be nudged towards letting him leave for a low price considering they will not have a lot of leverage if they are relegated. One can imagine Ward-Prowse would also want to keep playing at the top level.
He does have a little over three years left on his contract (Transfermarkt) and that could be an issue for us if the Saints stay up. In that case, it is best if we avoid this move because there is no doubt that Southampton will want their skipper to stay and keep them safe for another season in that scenario.
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Southampton are bottom of the Premier League table with seven games remaining in the season. They are four points away from the 17th spot, which is a lot when we are talking about the opposite end of the table. This will be one to keep an eye out for.