Arsene Wenger plots move for Southampton trio

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to raid Southampton this summer for the services of three of their star players: Morgan Schneiderlin, Calum Chambers and Nathaniel Clyne.

The Frenchman has identified the Saints’ trio as ideal summer signings to bolster the Gunners’ squad, according to the Express, and is expected to make a move for the three players over the forthcoming weeks.

Arsenal’s interest in central midfielder Schneiderlin is no secret. The 24-year-old, who is also wanted by Liverpool, recently expressed his desire to play Champions League football and could be one of several key players at St. Mary’s to leave the south-coast club this summer, along with the likes of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw. Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, is poised to join Tottenham this week..

As well as the impressive Schneiderlin, Wenger also has his sights set on 19-year-old Chambers and 23-year-old Clyne, who both play at right-back. The Arsenal boss is keen to strengthen that area of the pitch, with Bacary Sagna poised to join Manchester City when his contract at the Emirates Stadium expires this summer.

It’s unclear how much money Southampton would demand for the trio, but Arsenal have the funds to finance deals for all three players this summer. It’s believed Wenger will have as much as £100m to spend before the transfer window closes on September 2, although a large portion of that could be spent on a marquee signing such as Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The Gunners have also been strongly linked with a move for Benzema’s teammate Sami Khedira, who is widely regarded as one of Europe’s best holding midfielders.

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