Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has denied that he's received a 'serious offer' for midfielder Morgan Scheiderlin.
The French international has been heavily linked with a move away from St. Mary's in recent weeks for the second season running, with a host of top clubs said to be eyeing a swoop.
Reports today have suggested that Arsenal are the first club to make a move and have made initial contact with Southampton over a potential transfer. Tottenham, whose manager Mauricio Pochettino worked with Schneiderlin during his spell in charge of the Saints, and Manchester United have both been credited with an interest.
Southampton have repeatedly insisted that the former Strasbourg player won't be sold in the summer, however reports suggest that a £25 million offer could change their minds.
The 25-year-old has played his last game of the season thanks to injury, but Koeman was adamant he hasn't played his last game in a Saints shirt altogether despite the speculation.
"I don't think [he's played his last game]," he said. "I don't know. He has a contract with the club and nobody has a serious bid for the player. It's all about the rumours but I can't listen to all the rumours because I will go crazy."
Schneiderlin was desperate to leave Southampton last summer and took to Twitter to vent his anger at what he felt were broken promises from the club's board after the likes of Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, and Rickie Lambert all left the club.
Despite the exodus however, Koeman has guided his side to seventh in the Premier League so far, just one point behind Tottenham in sixth with three games remaining.
Tottenham appeared favourites to land the Frenchman, however the fact that Arsenal will be able to offer Champions League football puts them in the driving seat. Manchester United appear to be leaning towards a move for Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan instead, while Kevin Strootman of Roma remains an option.
Morgan Schneiderlin has proved himself as one of the hardest runners in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons, while he also has plenty of quality to go with that work rate.
It feels as though he has earned his shot at a bigger club and it could well be this summer that he gets his move. Arsenal have a space in midfield for him despite the emergence of Francis Coquelin and Schneiderlin would get to strut his stuff on a bigger stage. Only the lure of working with Pochettino again can get in the Gunners' way.
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