Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Southampton and France’s Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer according to The Secret Footballer.
The Gunners have always highlighted their interest in the £25 million pounds rated Southampton star, although the club always expected that a deal for the Frenchman would only be realistic in the summer rather than the January transfer window.
Now it is being reported, that Arsenal have finally got their man. The Secret Footballer suggests a £25million deal has been agreed to take Schneiderlin to the Emirates in the summer. Here’s his tweet:
I've been told that Morgan Schneiderlin will sign for Arsenal, but not until the summer transfer window. #AFC
— Secret Footballer (@TSF) January 7, 2015
The Southampton player made it abundantly clear that he wanted to leave St Mary’s last summer, however the club refused to sanction any move despite his best wishes. Despite a superb season thus far, for both the player and his club, it seems Schneiderlin is on the verge of an exit.
When asked about his future he said: “That’s up to everyone’s personal choices and the club choice. We are going to see where we are going to finish and what everyone’s going to do but right now I can’t predict anything.”
Schneiderlin has developed into a brilliant defensive midfielder for Southampton and has helped propel them into the top 3 in the Premier League. Arsenal have struggled to gain any consistency this season and their lack of presence and physicality in the middle of the park has been costly.
With the signing of Schneiderlin, Arsenal would be gaining a player with not only a presence to his name but a footballing brain.
The Frenchman is the hard nosed midfielder that Arsenal fans have not seen since Gilberto Silva was still an Arsenal player.
A move to the Emirates for Schneiderlin could go a long way in helping Arsenal challenge for major honours throughout Europe.
Hopefully it happens.