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Arsenal close to landing Morgan Schneiderlin

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The Morgan Schneiderlin saga looks set to continue this summer, as he once again looks to force a move away from Southampton.

The midfielder has already turned down a new five-year deal this season which would have doubled his £30,000-a-week wage meaning he has almost certainly played his last game for the club.

The Frenchman was linked with a move to Tottenham last summer but he was prevented from joining the exodus of players leaving and had another solid season at St Mary's.

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Any chance of a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino appears to have been quashed this summer though, as the midfielder has said he wants to play Champions League football and remaining in England, surely opening the door for their north London rivals.

Arsene Wenger's side have been in the market for a holding player this season and had been linked with a move for Real Madrid man Sami Khedira but the superb performances of Schneiderlin this season mean he would be Wenger's preferred option.

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The Gunners are expected to pay around £25 million for 25-year old who still has two years to run on his contract, in a move that may spell the end at Arsenal for midfielder Mikel Arteta, who has been out injured since November.

He has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal, with Frances Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey fighting for the three midfield places in their favoured formation.

Schneiderlin's transfer may not be a huge blow to Ronald Koeman's side, who recruited brilliantly in the summer and would be trusted by the Saints' fans to bring in a decent replacement.

The side lost crucial players like Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana last summer but the summer singings of Graziano Pellé and Sadio Mané have seen the team really kick on under Koeman's control.

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