Morgan Schneiderlin would appear ready to force the transfer to Tottenham he seemingly so craves after the Southampton midfielder tweeted on Tuesday night to express his dismay at the club’s stance on the proposed deal.
Spurs deal reported
It was reported on Monday that both Schneiderlin and his Southampton teammate Jay Rodriguez were close to completing a double transfer to Tottenham, where they would be reunited with former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
However, Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has since moved to publicly state that neither Schneiderlin or Rodriguez will be joining the St Mary’s summer exodus - something that has appeared to irritate the France international.
Schneiderlin tweeted: “6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!
“Jay Rodriguez and and Morgan Schneiderlin are not for sale, and they will be a part of our club as we enter the new season.”
“They are part of the core that we have decided to keep at Southampton. In and around Jay, Morgan and the rest of our core players, we’re excited to continue to build forward.
“Quite clearly, we entered the transfer window with a plan.
“We have a clear strategic approach to this summer, and we did not put any players for sale. What we did say was that we would watch the process, we would listen and we would look for how the team would evolve out of our rebuild.”
It is an interesting turn or events with the two departures having appeared inevitable only a day ago, although the statement from Krueger may have been made in an attempt to force the players to submit transfer requests if they really do wish to leave.
The Saints board have come in for acceptable criticism this summer after sanctioning the sales of three four players in Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, while youngster Calum Chambers also left for Arsenal.
Now sanctioning the sales of Schneiderlin and Rodriguez could cause something of a mutiny, and Saints have been shrewd in their positioning on this occasion, hoping an official transfer request may absolve them from any blame with regards these proposed sales.
The ball would now seem to be firmly in the court of the players, with the message a clear one: if you desire to leave Southampton, then there must be a request in writing. Schneiderlin will surely heed this advice.
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Arsenal also linked
Saints will, of course, be significantly compensated if they were to sell these two players, with the club supposedly valuing Schneiderlin at £27 million and Rodriguez having been rated at around £15 million.
Spurs are not the only club to have been linked with the players, with Schneiderlin also having been mentioned as a target for Arsenal. The 24-year-old, however, would favour rejoining Pochettino than becoming an Arsene Wenger player at the Emirates Stadium.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, has inevitably been linked with a move to Liverpool given their acquisition of three players from the club already this summer.