According to Mirror journalist David McDonnell, Manchester United have agreed a deal to make Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne their first summer signing.
The 24-year-old, who has impressed both in the Premier League and for England since breaking into Southampton’s first-team, is nearing the final year of his contract at St Mary’s.
Man United appear to have capitalised on this by wrapping up a deal for Clyne ahead of the summer transfer window.
Right-back has been a weak point for United this year in terms of having a player who can balance both defensive and attacking responsibilities.
With that in mind, we asked our Twitter followers whether they would be happy to see the right-back lining up at Old Trafford next season:
@PeoplesPerson_ I’d like it, but I have a feeling that means Rafael is gone this summer
— Elijah Ah-Sha (@aahhsshhaa) April 14, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Clyne is all muscle and steel. While that may come in handy, we need flair too.
— Ibraheem (@IBR4H33M) April 14, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ I’m inclyned to say yes
— Blind Faith (@RarcosMojo) April 14, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Very happy. I said I wanted either Clyne or Coleman to be our RB next season. Plus Clyne is young and can only get better!
— Andrew Bradburn (@BadNewsBradburn) April 14, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ hell yes, proper hard working right back
— UnitedRed (@Blackenbauer42) April 14, 2015
— Shrimant Katari (@shrimantk) April 14, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Yes but at the same time gutted that it hasn’t worked out for Rafa.
— Han.✌ (@HannahD_94) April 14, 2015
Clyne’s potential signing is a difficult one for fans as it all but signals the end of Rafael’s time at United.
The Brazilian, a firm favourite at Old Trafford, has barely featured in the first-team since the start of the year and all signs are pointing to his summer exit.
It is a sad situation given his popularity at the club but Clyne would represent an injection of quality in United’s back line. Young and proven in the Premier League, him and Luke Shaw would hopefully establish a fearful wing-back partnership as United head into the future.