Danny Ings, to Aston Villa for £30m – 7/10
Yes, this is a bad transfer on paper when you consider the goalscoring threat taken out of the team by selling Ings. However, the club actually made profit on him despite him having just a year remaining on his contract and that makes it better when the £30m fee can then be reinvested wisely.
Jannik Vestergaard, to Leicester for £15m – 5/10
Losing an experienced leader from the centre of the defence for a fee that is £7m lower than what was paid to sign him is not very pleasing business. Vestergaard is a big loss to Saints and they will now have to rely on players who are a whole lot less experienced than the big Dane.
Angus Gunn, to Norwich for initial £5m – 8/10
It was unfortunate that Gunn could not hit top form with Saints given his potential to become a top goalkeeper but ultimately it was the right time to move him on – even if the club take another loss on the original fee paid to Manchester City.
Mario Lemina, to Nice for €5.5m – 7/10
Another big loss on a significant fee paid by the club. The Gabon international was signed from Juventus for around £15m back in 2017.
Like Gunn and Hoedt, his time at the club did not pan out as expected and it is a positive to get him off the wage bill.
Wesley Hoedt, to Anderlecht for undisclosed fee – 9/10
This rating is higher than the others purely because Hoedt never looked a good fit for Saints or for English football in general.
Another big loss on the original £14m that was paid to Lazio to bring him in back in 2017.
Michael Obafemi, to Swansea for £2m – 7/10
It is shame to see Obafemi move on and not hit his full potential with Saints after having come through the academy system. Strong competition at St Mary’s means he would have not got much game time in this campaign though.
However, he now gets a chance to become a first-choice striker with Championship side Swansea and can show his full range of talents this season.
Alex Jankewitz, to Young Boys for undisclosed fee – 7/10
Given that he clearly has significant talent, Saints fans will be rueing the young Switzerland international’s lack of opportunity at the club.
He seemed to want first-team football before he had earned it though and will be remembered for his rapid red card against Manchester United.
Callum Slattery, to Motherwell for undisclosed fee – 9/10
Slattery was not going to be a part of the current first-team and it is good that Saints received a small fee for his services. He will also get the chance to rebuild his career.
Perhaps he is seen as one that slowly slipped away though because of the fact that he was said to be one of the best talents in Saints’ youth system at one time.