McCarthy could be available for free this summer following the Saints’ relegation to the Championship – mainly due to his significant salary. The experienced stopper is currently earning around £50,000 per week.

Should Southampton be willing to let Alex McCarthy go for free?

The short answer is yes.

Although the experienced stopper is an asset, his wages are too high for a Championship team to pay and this is why the Saints should actively be looking to offload him before the summer window closes.

Already having Gavin Bazunu and Joe Lumley as options, they will be covered in the goalkeeping department if McCarthy leaves.

They may have already sold Tino Livramento and James Ward-Prowse, with Romeo Lavia potentially set to follow, but they shouldn’t be prepared to pay a backup keeper a huge wage.

Thankfully for the Saints, it doesn’t seem as though the stopper is short of interest at this point but the player will also have a big say on his future, so it will be interesting to see whether he does move.