With just 12 games left to play this season for Southampton, they will be fully aware of the ever-exciting summer transfer window that is rolling around extremely quickly.
It has been well documented that the Saints have let several top players leave over the last couple of years, as it has been apparent that they have been unable to keep hold of their prized assets.
However, for every player they have sold, the Southampton board and of course, Ronald Koeman, have replaced and added to the squad excellently.
With departures expected when the summer comes, replacements will need to be lined up early, meaning that if Southampton’s prized asset Sadio Mane is to leave the club amid interest from the bigger clubs in English football, a new marquee player should burst onto the scene for the Saints.
This job will be made a lot easier in prospect if Southampton do secure the target that they set themselves out to achieve at the start of the season, continuing their run of form; European qualification.
The attraction of European football could prove to be crucial in Saints’ pursuit of players this summer, and the standards will be raised if Mane leaves, due to an influx of money and the requirement to replace with a player of equal, if not better, talent and abilities.
Here are five players that could potentially replace Mane this summer.