According to report, Southampton has placed a price tag of £27 million on French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The 24 year old midfielder has been the subject of several links to Arsenal over the past few weeks.
He has seen his stock raised after his participation at the just concluded World Cup in Brazil, which followed his impressive performances at St. Mary’s over the past few seasons. According to reports the price tag placed on him is to ward off interest from Arsenal and other clubs. Although the French midfielder is expected to hold talks with Saints manager Ronald Koeman in the coming week to clarify his future at the club.
While the sums put forward by Southampton is on the high side, it does not come as a surprise following the fees that they received for the likes of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw for their transfers to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.
With the midfielder likely be the last key player that would leave the Saints followings the departures of Ricky Lambert, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and the eminent departure of defender Dejan Lovren to Liverpool, they could be force to reduce the price tag to a more realistic sum for the 24 year old.
The ace might lie with the hierarchy of the club, but with the intention of the French midfielder to leave, and with the club not wanting to keep a player that doesn’t want to stay at the club, they could reconsider their stands.
With the sum being mooted by Southampton, it means he represents a higher proposition than Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen and Sami Khedira of Real Madrid, same players that have been linked to Arsenal in the holding midfield role.
For a fee of £27 million, the club will be best placed to spend that on Lars Bender as he is more experience than the Saints midfielder, and he has been involved in the Champion League over the last few seasons together with being a German international that only just missed out on the World Cup because of injury.
Although it is difficult to decipher the minds of Arsene Wenger during transfer windows, what is clear though is that he has an intention to bring a player in the holding midfield role, but with the price being brandish about for these players, there are fears from within the Arsenal faithful that he might decide to stick to the options he has, instead of moving for an upgrade.
With the transfer window still open for another 37 days, there are still enough days for these transfer stories to develop into concrete transfers.