Mauricio Pochettino has made his first big move with regards to luring one of his old Southampton stars to White Hart Lane it would seem, as French newspaper Le 10 Sport claims Tottenham are in well advanced negotiations with Morgan Schneiderlin.
The publication claims the have knowledge that the France international is deep in discussion with Spurs over a switch to north London, despite the fact that Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with him over the course of the past few weeks. Though as yet no agreement has been finalised it’s thought that contract talks are well underway, and Pochettino is confident that the outcome will be positive.
Due to the fact that the 24-year-old ranks amongst Southampton’s top assets there has been plenty of speculation claiming that he would be pursued by some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs this summer. Following the exit of Pochettino Saints have seen Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert all move on to pastures new, and the alarming trend of high-profile exits will certainly continue as players like Schneiderlin begin to question the levels of ambition.
A defensive-midfielder by trade, the Southampton ace will surely now be looking to take the next step up in his career and, though it’s long been assumed that Arsenal would be the club to give him the platform to do so, a move to Spurs - who are hoping to be resurgent under their new manager - could be equally beneficial.
Arsenal vs Spurs
When it comes down to Schneiderlin’s decision between the two clubs, it could be influenced by a series of different factors. Whilst Arsenal would likely be willing to offer him higher wages his game-time would surely diminish thanks to the talented midfield that Arsene Wenger possesses. Certain reports claim that the Gunners only want the Frenchman if they can’t engineer a move for Real Madrid star Sami Khedira, and so one would expect that Schneiderlin would have to do extremely well in order to force his way into the regular first-team plans at the Emirates Stadium.
At Spurs there would be no such issues, with Pochettino already convinced of his abilities to break up play and shift the ball on at the highest level. Whereas Tottenham were often caught short at the back last term Schneiderlin would certainly give them a heightened defensive presence in front of the back four, and the Argentinian coach would likely favour him to the likes of Sandro and Paulinho thanks to their already strong relationship.