Southampton will make a last ditch attempt to keep Morgan Schneiderlin away from Arsenal by offering to double his wages, reports The Mirror.
The France international looks set to leave St Mary's in the summer with the Gunners joined by Manchester United and Tottenham with their interest. Southampton's outstanding performance in the Premier League this season gives them hope of keeping him at the club.
Schneiderlin has two-years remaining on his current contract which sees him earn around £30,000-a-week. Southampton will offer to double it making him the club's highest earner. Should he reject the offer, the Saints are ready to sell for £25 million.
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The same report claims that the 25-year-old is Arsene Wenger's priority target for the summer transfer window and will be more than capable of meeting the asking price. However, interest from Manchester United could help to drive up the price.
Arsenal have been boosted by the emergence of Francis Coquelin in the second half of this season with Wenger rewarding him with a long-term contract. Mikel Arteta has also agreed a new 12-month contract despite the fact it has yet to be officially confirmed.
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However, Wenger is keen to boost his options in that area of the field while recent reports in The Telegraph have claimed that Mathieu Flamini will be transfer listed. Lars Bender, Christoph Kramer and Ilkay Gundogan are also named as potential targets.
Schneiderlin faces a big decision when this contract gets put on the table. He tried and failed to force his way out of Southampton last summer, but has acted with the utmost professionalism this season. Ronald Koeman has established himself at the club following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino and Champions League qualification is a possibility.
If Southampton miraculously finish in the top four, he will owe it to the club to stay at least one more season. Unfortunately it seems unfeasible, and as long as Arsenal qualify, they will be favourites to land him in the summer.
The Emirates will be one of the most exciting places to be next season with an array of attacking talent on show. If Wenger can balance to team and keep main stars injury free then they will be title contenders. Schneiderlin will be a major piece of that puzzle.
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