Arsenal’s chances of snapping Southampton midfield star, Morgan Schneiderlin, has been largely boosted with Tottenham’s change of target to Everton’s James McCarthy.
Per the Express, Pochettino will turn now his attention to the 24-year old as one of the main considerations to boost his midfield as it may be too far for him to push a move for Schneiderlin. The French midfielder was stopped from making a move to White Heart Lane last summer and the feeling is Pochettino won’t risk a second rejection.
Not that Spurs interest in Schneiderlin would hugely hinder us from landing him if we made the serious effort, as Danny Welbeck’s case would show, but it would make discussions a bit more straight forward with the St. Mary’s outfit, possibly reducing the fee. Due to how much he has improved over the past season, it is normal that Southampton will place a high tag on him – certainly more than the £25m they placed on Dejan Lovren who cannot get at Anfield now.
There are no words yet to confirm the certainty of a deal coming through this January. Wenger has mentioned a couple of players as being among those whom he has on his radar – Ty Mings, Krys Bielik – but he’s interestingly been mute on Schneiderlin. Every Arsenal person has continued roar to him to make moves for the 25-year old and, at least in the public glare, it does not seem like much is happening. But that is very much the Wenger way and he’ll love to pull it off as a sensational surprise.
What doesn’t surprise us, though, is that Schneiderlin is so highly demanded, despite not having any major top class experience bar about one game and few minutes played at the World Cup, at that was because someone got injured and he came in as a replacement. He’s not played in the Champions League before but his desire to so desperately do so has made him look every bit as good as those who have the luxury of being there year after year without much impact.
With their injury records at the moment, neither Arteta nor Flamini could be trusted for a whole season anymore and while we can have good hopes for Coquelin to finally fulfill his potential, the opportunity to finally land the Schneiderlin we’ve long longed for should be exciting, boding well for a better future.
“A career passes quickly and I want to play for a big club. Today, I am at Southampton, we are second in the Premier League, it’s going well”
“We’ll see at the end of the season if [a transfer] will happen. If we have qualified for the Champions League, I will make a choice”
We still keep this Schneiderlin quotes in mind, and may be now more than ever, we must ensure we make top four.
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