According to report, Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has handed in a former transfer request after the club’s hierarchy declared that no further players would be allowed to leave after some high profile departures this summer.
The 24 year old French midfielder has constantly be the subject of a transfer to Arsenal all summer, but for the last four days, transfers speculations involving him has taken a twist. With his desire to reunite with former Saints coach, Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, reports emerged on Monday that he was on his way to White Hart Lane, yet 24 hours later, the chairman of the club rejected that assertion by declaring that no further player would be leaving. A decision that did not go down well with Morgan Schneiderlin as he took his frustration to the social media by criticising the club.
Still in with a shout
With this turn of events surrounding the future of Morgan Schneiderlin, it means Arsenal can still sign the French man. He would not be the first Saints player to vent their feelings on a social network this summer. A couple of weeks ago, Croatian defender Dejan Lovren did the same thing when Liverpool’s initial bid for him was rejected, and the club sounded out the possibility of him remaining at the St. Mary’s. A decision he was not to take kindly, but in the end he did ended up at Anfield.
Although, Morgan Schneiderlin might be haggling for a transfer to the other side of the Seven Sisters Road, the fact that Arsenal are still lurking around with the transfer situation still in the balance, means this could drag on for sometime.
It was widely expected that he would be pushing for a club where he would be open to playing Champions league football, instead of the botched move to a Europa league club that has caused fury from the French player.
Arsene Wenger was involved in the initial transfer that brought him to England in 2008 from Strasbourg, when Southampton sought his advice, le prof can still play a pivotal role in his future yet again.
What is clear though is that, it would be difficult for the Saints to keep a player whose head has been turned by a transfer. Added to that is the fact that, there are still 33 days before the transfer window shuts, which means this particular transfer still has some leg to run yet. Where he eventually ends up only time will tell.