New twist in Fonte saga as he slaps in transfer request
Southampton captain Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request. It is understood the central defender has asked to leave having chosen not to sign the new contract offered.
Despite suggestions Southampton were prepared only to give Fonte an increased salary and not a lengthier term, the club are adamant he has rejected a 12-month extension to the present one he signed in October 2015 and which expires in 18 months.
The development is only the latest surrounding the 33-year-old's future. It is also understood he asked to leave last summer, when he was a reported target for Manchester United, who have been left with only three fit senior central defenders since Ivorian Eric Bailly's call-up to the African Nations Cup.
At present, there is no firm interest in the player.
Cedric Soares, a team-mate for club and for Portugal, last week said Fonte "should do the best for himself", while United manager Jose Mourinho said he is not "chasing" new signings.