Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to return to the charge regarding his pursuit of Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin in January, despite the fact that the south-coast club don’t want to sell.
According to the Mirror on Sunday the French coach is ready to reignite his interest in the defensive midfielder, and will force Southampton to make a decision over his future one way or the other in the winter transfer window.
Schneiderlin, who is rated at around £25 million by the Saints was at the centre of a two-horse race between Arsenal and bitter rivals Tottenham over the course of the summer months, with the latter even submitting an offer.
Spurs’ rumoured bid was flatly rejected however and despite the fact the France international was said to be keen to move, he was forced to stay at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
However now, with Wenger struggling in the holding midfield department, it’s believed Arsenal will look to pounce once again, with Champions League football being a factor which could make them favourites.
Schneiderlin has enjoyed a steady rise to stardom at Southampton but is now ready to take the next step in his career, which the Gunners could well offer him. via participation in Europe's premier competition.
As for his current club’s stance it will likely be more of the same. Southampton consented to a mass exodus of players during the summer which saw the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Calum Chambers leave the club, and yet they’ve still managed to begin this season in fine form.
Boss Ronald Koeman will want to guard against rocking his ship while he can however and, unless Schneiderlin actively asks for a move, one isn’t likely to materialise.