Arsene Wenger is still keen on Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin, but must wait until the summer to bring the tough tackling midfielder to the Emirates, according to the Daily Star.
We have long been credited with an interest in the Frenchman, but have been unable to lure him away from St Mary’s. He could prove to be the long term solution to our lightweight midfield, but will not be joining this January.
The emergence of Francis Coquelin has seen our need for a defensive midfielder lessen, but Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are both out of contract at the end of the season and so a replacement for them will likely be required. Still, Coquelin’s form may mean Wenger is able to wait until next summer to secure a better deal on Schneiderlin, rather than push through a switch this month with prices typically inflated in the January transfer window.
The Saints would surely demand a premium to let one of their star performers leave mid-season, and his arrival at the Emirates may also hinder any attempts we may make to tie down Coquelin to a long term deal.
Wenger is a huge fan of the 26-year-old, and is unlikely to want to lose out on his compatriot to North London rivals Tottenham, so if he becomes available you would think that Le Prof will at least be looking at the possibility of bringing him to the club.