Increase in value – but Saints won’t budge
A report from the Guardian at the weekend suggested that Aston Villa were ready to make a move for Ward-Prowse as they bid to follow up on a successful 2020/21 season.
A £30m fee was quoted as the potential fee that Villa would offer, but Saints will surely not be selling their captain and key player at any price this summer. A follow-up report from the Daily Mail confirmed this.
Given that Villa are a club that Saints see themselves competing with in mid-table – despite the contrast in form during last season – there is no way that they would allow a player of Ward-Prowse’s quality to make that move.
It remains to be seen whether some interest from top-six clubs will be shown this summer. The power lies very much with Saints though with Ward-Prowse having a key role at the club and a contract until 2025.
The England international is a crucial part of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team and will be leading the charge for a more successful campaign in 2021/22. His energy in midfield is required for Saints to play their pressing style, whilst his set-pieces produce many goals directly and through assists.
Increased exposure and more respect at international level despite being dropped at for the Euros will only increase the value that Saints see the 26-year-old at and their demands will only increase if transfer interest is shown.