According to Metro, Morgan Schneiderlin is very close to signing a deal with Arsenal in the summer.
This 24-year-old Southampton midfielder is eager to join a bigger club in the next transfer window, and Arsenal is the most logical choice.
Schneiderlin can play in several midfield places, but he is the most productive in the defensive midfielder role, which has been, after the Patrick Vieira’s departure, a soft spot in the Arsenal setup.
Song, Diaby, Flamini, Rosicky, Arteta and some other players have tried to play on this position so far, but it was unsuccessful.
Arsenal’s trophy drought has started exactly when Vieira departed for Juventus, and after more than 8 years without a trophy, it is clear that the majority of the blame for that failure lies in the fact that Arsenal doesn’t have a decent defensive midfielder, who could provide cover and stability to the team.
Schneiderlin isn’t Vieira’s type of player, but he could fit in well in the Arsenal midfield with fellow youngsters Ramsey, Wilshere and Chamberlain.
Schneiderlin has the will, Arsenal wants to buy him – the question is whether Pocchetino will let him go.
Southampton’s manager successfully defended from the January transfer window attacks from the wealthier Premier league clubs, but in the summer, the situation will be probably different.
Most of the players which are currently in Southampton, like Schniederlin, Lambert, Lallana, Shaw, stayed with the club in the hard times, playing in the third English league. They managed to bring back the glory days to Southampton, and this season will be a highlight in the club’s recent history.
Having that in mind, the club owes those players huge gratitude, and if they want to go, they will probably be allowed to.
Metro isn’t such a reliable source of legitimate transfer speculations, but this story emerged from various sources, so it is pretty clear that Arsenal is interested in the young Frenchman. Additionally, this statement from the player confirms that he will probably move in the summer, so we give this transfer 70% probability.