Southampton targeting Jordy Clasie as Morgan Schneiderlin replacement

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Southampton could make a move for Manchester United and Liverpool target Jordy Clasie if French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin departs the club this summer, according to The Express.

The report has suggested that north London duo Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in Schneiderlin's services in this transfer window, meaning the Saints could be set to turn their attentions to Feyenoord's Clasie.

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And, if the Saints do make a move for the midfield star, then they may have to battle two of the elite clubs from the Premier League for the player's services. Both Manchester United and Liverpool appear to be in the running for the player dubbed the 'Dutch Xavi'.

Clasie, of course, starred in this summer's World Cup for the Dutch national team under new United boss Louis van Gaal. And it remains to be seen as to whether Clasie's former international manager steps up his interest in the 23-year-old. 

Both Manchester United and Liverpool are in need of strengthening in the middle of the park ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side are set to embark upon a Champions League fuelled season next term, meaning they will need a greater squad than previously.

United, on the other hand, have struggled in the midfield department in recent time, as the likes of Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini haven't been able to find their best form. Saints boss Ronald Koeman may have a battle on his hands in order to land his fellow Dutchman in this transfer window. 


However, if Saints can keep hold of Schneiderlin then they may not need to make a move for Clasie. It appears, though, that the club have a battle on their hands in order to keep the Frenchman at the club, with both Arsenal and Tottenham seemingly interested in the player's services. 

It's no surprise that the duo want to land Schneiderlin in this market, with the player having proved his credentials in England's elite division in recent time. Arsenal may well believe they have the advantage in the race to sign the player, as they will be plying their trade in the Champions League next term. 

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