Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin has confirmed that clubs are interested in his signature, but at the same time denied that he has had any contact with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
The France international has become a key component for the Saints in the Premier League and his performances have ensured that a host of top clubs have him on their transfer radar. Top of the pile are the Gunners, whose need for a combative enforcer continues to grow.
Speaking to Canal+, as relayed by Goal, Schneiderlin revealed how he was aware of more than one outfit who may make an attempt to sign him, but at the same time moved to play down the idea that Arsenal had gained the upper hand in the race through previous talks.
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"I haven't had contact with Wenger," Schneiderlin said.
"Clubs are interested in me but I've not given my word to anyone."
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Unless Southampton can make a late bid for the Champions League places this season it looks as though they will face another tough task in trying to keep their star man come the summer. Only last year did a storm erupt around Schneiderlin supposedly trying to force his way out of the St. Mary’s Stadium, but on that occasion the departures of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert prevented his club from sanctioning another sale.
So far this season Ronald Koeman has steered the ship magnificently on the south coast, yet that doesn’t mean it will be enough for Schneiderlin, who will surely have ambitions of playing in Europe’s premier competition.
Now a fully fledged France international he may determine that Southampton have hit a ceiling so to speak, and that a move elsewhere is what’s needed for him to realise his long-term ambitions of silverware.
Arsenal the best fit?
If that’s the case then Arsenal, who continue to be heavily linked with the 25-year-old, could be an ideal next destination. The French contingent at the Emirates Stadium mean that he would have a good chance at fitting in quickly and with the Gunners now having money to push behind their title charge next season fans will be hoping to see a far more sustained bid for England’s top prize.
To do that however they do need to improve a number of areas, defensive-midfield included. The acquisition of a natural ball-winner would certainly allow Wenger’s more creative players to have more freedom in the middle of the park, and Schneiderlin is the sort of exciting signing who could inject a heart morale boost.
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