Arsenal could yet sign Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, who seemed to have all but joined Manchester United last week. Oh the joys of the transfer window.
The Southampton midfielder, 25 has been subject of a £20million bid from Manchester United. To this day that remains the only official bid to be tabled for the want away midfielder this summer.
Despite popular belief United also seem unwilling to meet the Saints £25million valuation and Arsenal certainly do not want to. Another obstacle that will have to be hurdled in order for Schneiderlin to join Arsenal is his wage demands. It is thought he is currently demanding in excess of £100,000 per week – something Arsenal are not willing to pay.
French media outlet L’Equipe reported on Saturday that Arsenal have reignited their interest in Schneiderlin, as Manchester United are stalling in their pursuit.
The Sunday Times believes that Schneiderlin wants to stay in the South of England and also sees himself as a better fit at Arsenal, rather than Louis van Gaal’s United.
If Schneiderlin wants to join Arsenal he may have to make a sacrifice in terms of his wages – and Arsenal will also have to match any bid that United make – something that isn’t certain. The Gunners are yet to make any official bid for the player, as they are weighing up other options and also trying to offload Mathieu Flamini before signing another midfielder.
Tottenham have also been linked with interest, but the player has appeared to completely rule that out. He told press last month:
“Of course the Champions League is my goal. If I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League.”
Schneiderlin would count as a homegrown player, which is always useful – but not essential currently at Arsenal who can easily fulfil the quota with their current options.
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