Morgan Schneiderlin transfer latest: Arsenal 'rivalling' Tottenham to sign Southampton midfielder despite 'hands off' warning

Southampton issued a statement claiming that no more players would be sold but interest in Scheiderlin in increasing by the day

Tottenham may be leading the race to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, but they could face competition for the Frenchman’s signature from their North London rival Arsenal, according to reports.

Schneiderlin has signalled his intention to leave St Mary’s, tweeting his unhappiness at what appeared to be the departure of five of his team-mates earlier this week and reportedly handing in a transfer request to the club’s hierarchy.

Spurs were interested in taking both Schneiderlin and his colleague Jay Rodriguez in a double swoop, with newly appointed manager Mauricio Pochettino set to raid his former club as their summer exodus continues.

Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren all left as Liverpool paid a combined £49m for the trio, while Manchester United secured young England left-back Luke Shaw for £28m-plus add-ons and Calum Chambers left for Arsenal in a £16m switch.

 

The Metro is reporting that despite setting his heart on a move to White Hart Lane, Arsenal have been in contact with the 24-year-old in an attempt to persuade him to head to the red half to North London, and they go on to suggest that Arsene Wenger discussed a possible transfer in Brazil during his TV punditry role at the World Cup – where Schneiderlin was featuring for the French.

 

The Gunners’ French contingent of Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Flamini are trying to talk both parties into the move, but Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger stressed that there would be no further departures this summer after the fire-sale.

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That prompted Schneiderlin to send his tweet in anger, although he was reported to have attended their training session on Thursday.

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