Tottenham and Arsenal have been put on red alert after Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin dropped the clearest hint yet that he could be on his way out of the south coast club this summer.
The energetic midfielder earned plenty of plaudits for his performances with Southampton last season - and France national team boss Didier Deschamps rewarded him with a call up for the World Cup after initially being placed on the stand-by list.
Tottenham and Arsenal interest
According to reports, both Tottenham and Arsenal are keeping tabs on him, and with Southampton facing an exodus of their best players, Schneiderlin has hinted that he could well follow the likes of Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana out of the door.
“Listen, I’m aware of Southampton’s situation," he said in a press conference. “On a personal level, the club know my position and know what I want to do. I had a good conversation with all the directors.
“I’ve been there for a long time now. We’ll see how things go, but the directors know my position and what my intentions are.
“Everyone has ambitions, everyone has his own future in his hands, so we’ll see. Every player wants to play on big occasions.”
North London boost
His comments will come as good news for Tottenham and Arsenal, who could well be looking to make additions to their respective midfields this summer. The Gunners have been short of a genuine defensive midfielder for some time and bought back Mathieu Flamini as a temporary solution last year.
Recent reports suggest that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could be looking at a deal for Lars Bender once more and was willing to offer around £21 million for his services - and it remains to be seen how much Southampton would want for Schneiderlin.
Tottenham meanwhile bought in the likes of Etienne Capoue and Paulinho last summer but neither had the most successful first season in England. With reports suggesting that Sandro could be sold to one of numerous Serie A clubs, there could well be a place for Schneiderlin at White Hart Lane - and he could be keen to link up with former boss Mauricio Pochettino who is now in charge in north London.
South coast sorrow
The news will be less welcomed by Southampton fans, who are seeing their record-breaking team of last season torn apart. Manchester United have snapped up Luke Shaw in a deal worth around £27 million, while Adam Lallana is about to follow Rickie Lamber to Liverpool for around £25 million.