Liverpool battle Arsenal for Morgan Schneiderlin

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Liverpool could sign as many as three of Southampton’s star players this summer after joining Arsenal in the race to sign highly-rated French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The Reds are also keen to bring Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana to Anfield ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are poised to make a £12m bid for the 24-year-old, who is on France’s standby list for next month’s World Cup finals in Brazil, this summer after being priced out of a deal by the south-coast club in January. However, the Gunners face stiff competition from this season’s Premier League runners-up, who know they have a significant advantage of the north London outfit in the race for Schneiderlin’s signature.

The combative midfielder, who arrived at St Mary’s from Strasbourg in 2008, is a big Liverpool supporter - and this could have a bearing on whether he decides to join Arsenal or the Merseyside outfit.

Ultimately, where Schneiderlin ends up playing his football next season will almost certainly depend on which club offers the most money. There’s a chance he could stay with the Saints, but the player recently admitted that it would be tough to turn down a move to a club competing in the biggest competitions.

"For my progress and my visibility, it would be better to play for a club who play in the Champions League,” Schneiderlin conceded. "I know there is a lot of speculation, but I still have three years on my contract, it does not depend on me.

"We'll see in the coming weeks."

Liverpool are poised to make an £8m offer for Schneiderlin’s teammate Lovren, while it seems a deal to bring England international Lallana is also close.

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