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£25m Target Confirms Talks Amid Reports Arsenal Have Agreed Terms
Morgan Schneiderlin has confirmed he’s in ‘on-going discussions’ about a potential move this summer amid reports Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with the midfielder.
Arsene Wenger is on the look out for another holding midfielder as Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Flamini are all expected to leave the club this summer and Schneiderlin is widely believed to be the bosses top target.
The Telegraph claimed last week that we are in pole position for the 25-year-old’s signature and could wrap-up a deal within the next few weeks.
That claim followed reports that we had already agreed personal terms with the French international and were now just trying to thrash out a deal with Southampton.
Schneiderlin has now fulled the speculation even further after telling French radio station RMC that he wants to join a Premier League club who will play in the Champions League next season and he’s in on-going talks about a possible move.
“Yes, I think my decision is made,”
“I learned a lot last season. The goal is to stay in England. It is a championship that I like and where I have a lot of fun. If I leave Southampton, it is for a club that plays better than the Europa League.
“There are ongoing discussions but nothing is done. But of course the Champions League is my goal. If I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League.
“I have a two-year contract. If a club pays the right amount for me, it will be time to leave.
“The amount? I have no idea but I will not leave for a small price. Southampton is known to be a good seller club, the price should be high enough,”
This rules out a possible switch to Liverpool and Tottenham, and although there have been fleeting reports suggesting interest from Chelsea and Man Utd, Arsenal have the strongest interest so are almost certainly the front-runners for his signature.
I’ve said for several months that Schneiderlin is the midfielder I want to see arrive this summer and that hasn’t changed, so hopefully can close out a deal sooner rather than later.
Southampton are expected to play hardball and demand a fee in the region of £25m, but that is a reasonable price for a player of his quality in today’s market.
Coquelin has excelled in recent months but we need more depth in the holding role and I’d love to see Schneiderlin arrive at the Emirates to compete with his compatriot.