Dusan Tadic is being quoted as being unhappy at being substituted by Claude Puel and this has lead to the rumour mill going into overdrive. 

Dusan Tadic reportedly expressed his discontent at Claude Puel’s policy of taking him off in the final quarter of matches and this has lead to rumours flying around as the media attempt to link him with every club in Europe.

First up is Arsenal who are said to be ready to replace Mesut Ozil with Tadic, worrying for Saints fans though is that although Tadic is contracted to Saints till 2020, the media are mentioning a “criminally low” £13 million release clause in his contract.

That sounds extortionately low but the question would be, if that release clause exists how is news of it getting out into the media, the answer is that it would not be in Saints interests to make it know so that would come either from the player or his agent.

Also linked are Juventus, Napoli and Atletico Madrid although the latter seems to be a bit speculative.

From a Saints perspective Tadic’s season has been a little stop start and it is understandable why Puel would want to use his entire squad during games, vying for a place with Tadic is Boufal a player who would be nearest to him in style and then the likes of Long, Rodriguez and Sims all of whom have contributed this season albeit in different styles of play.

This is the hardship Saints face when trying to keep quality players, at the big clubs players can accept that they will be substituted and rotated as it is a squad game, outside of the big six less so.

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