We have been handed a boost in our reported attempts to land Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, with the Frenchman revealing that his future will be resolved in the coming days, The Guardian reports.
We have been linked with the 25-year-old for a number of years (via the Express), though the report suggests that we face stiff competition from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur for his services.
Schneiderlin is set to leave this summer after the South Coast club failed to qualify for the Champions League (via The Guardian), and judging by his comments his future could become clearer within a week.
“The negotiations are ongoing and should be completed in the coming days, hopefully before the resumption of [Southampton’s pre-season] training next week,” Schneiderlin was quoted as saying in The Guardian.
With the deal to bring in Petr Cech close to being announced (via Sky Sports), it would be rather swift of us to immediately focus our attentions on another target.
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However, one can’t help but feel that given his talents and nationality, Schneiderlin may well have been an Arsenal player already had Arsene Wenger really wanted him.
It seems as though a holding midfielder may be the least of our priorities due to the emergence of Francis Coquelin.