The reports that emerged in the media on Monday that North London rivals Tottenham Spurs are in discussion to sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton has not gone down well with watchers of Arsenal. The 24 year old French midfielder has been linked to Arsenal all summer, and it was expected that he would be the long term replacement for the ageing Mikel Arteta in holding midfield. He is reportedly drawn to the possibility of uniting with his former coach at Southampton Mauricio Pochettino who is now at Spurs.
In spite of this turn of events, Arsenal can still beat Spurs to the signing of the French midfielder. Firstly, Arsene Wenger played a key role in his initial move to Southampton in 2008, when he recommended the then 18 year old Strasbourg midfielder to join the St. Mary’s outfit. And added to that is the fact that the Saints have lost no more than six players this summer with Ricky Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers all leaving for Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal respectively. And there are still plans to dispatch with disruptive record signing and Italian striker Pablo Osvaldo who is reportedly close to joining Inter Milan.
Where Arsenal Comes in!
With the Saints having lost almost half of it team, and more still left to be sold, Arsenal can throw a lifeline of a bid together with players on loan to sign Morgan Schneiderlin to soften the departure of their players. A bid of £15 to £20 million, with Serge Gnabry, Joel Campbell and Carl Jenkinson as loan deals to the Saints for Morgan Schneiderlin could sway the deal Arsenal’s way.
Southampton would end up getting not just cash, but also players on loan to cushion the effect of the exodus of players they have been hit with this summer. With Morgan Schneiderlin valued at £27 million by Southampton, the other players on loan would cover for the transfer fees.
With the consternation that some Arsenal fans have received this news of Spurs move for Schneiderlin especially with the club’s need of a holding midfielder, and the French midfielder’s solid display for the Saints in the last two seasons in the Premier League, there is still hope that Arsenal can still pull this particular one off under the noses of Spurs if players and cash can be offered in return for the midfielder.
The only draw back to any potential deal is if Arsene Wenger is not actually interested in him. But there is still some time yet for some development to come off on this.