Southampton have been advised to resist Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur's interest in signing Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama ahead of the final day of the summer transfer window. Defender Jose Fonte is concerned the pair could become the latest high profile exits from St Mary's amid speculation regarding their futures.
Sky Sports understands that a bid from United has been submitted, while speculation regarding Wanyama's future has intensified after the Kenyan was omitted from Ronald Koeman's team for the 3-0 win over Norwich City having become distracted by speculation over his future. The south coast club have suffered a succession of big-name exits in the past 12 months, with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne leaving the club this summer.
Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers were among the players to leave Saints as Koeman's squad was decimated, though the club were eventually able to salvage a Europa League place. Fonte however does not want to see his side undo their progression with further departures and has urged United and Tottenham to look elsewhere.
"[Not selling Mane and Wanyama to United and Tottenham] that would be a help to us once the transfer window is closed and hopefully no one will leave, and possibly add a couple more, so we will see, but the main thing is not letting anyone go," he told The Daily Echo. "We all had conversations with [Wanyama] and try to explain, so now it's up to the club and to him."
While a deal for Wanyama could yet still be completed by Tottenham in the final hours of the window, United are unlikely to move for Mane having directed their attention towards signing Anthony Martial from Monaco. The French Football Federation have confirmed the forward has been allowed to leave the national team to undergo a medical in Manchester ahead of the surprise move.