Arsenal are lining up a £15million summer move for the man they believe will become the replacement for Mikel Arteta at Emirates Stadium.
According to The Sun, Arsene Wenger wants to recruit Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin as part of a summer spending spree that will be funded by a massive £100million transfer kitty.
The report claims the Arsenal manager has been very impressed with the defensive midfielder and sees him as a possible successor to Arteta.
Schneiderlin is a long-term Gunners target and Wenger had a bid in the region of £12million for him turned down on deadline day of the summer transfer window, as Give Me Sport exclusively revealed.
Wenger is ready to up that bid as he looks for a player to take up Arteta's role at the base of the midfield, with the Spaniard entering the final year of his contract next season and the report in The Sun claims he is yet to be offered an extension.
Arteta has become a key man for Arsenal since his £10million move from Everton in 2011, but he is approaching his 32nd birthday and Wenger very rarely offers anything other than one-year extensions to players over 30.
Schneiderlin has been impressive for Southampton since they returned to the Premier League last season, with his energy and mobility something that the Spaniard has struggled to provide this season.