Morgan Schneiderlin has indicated he could leave Southampton in the coming days.
The French defensive midfielder, 25, has been linked with a big money summer move away from St Mary's Stadium, the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all said to be possible destinations.
Schneiderlin joined the Saints from Strasbourg in June 2008.
The midfielder was back at his old club to help support a community event, and told France Bleu Alsace radio station he expected his future to be resolved shortly.
"The negotiations are ongoing and should be completed in the coming days, hopefully before the resumption of (Southampton's pre-season) training next week," he said
No doubt John Terry was being sincere when expressing his concerns about the much-trailed sale of Petr Cech from Chelsea to Arsenal this week, though whether his value to his new employers really can be weighed in something as tangible as the number of points he is likely to bring in his dowry will remain an issue of animated conjecture.