Midfield star dismisses Spurs link as Arsenal legend urges move

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has cooled talk of a Premier League switch to Tottenham this summer, while Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has encouraged Arsene Wenger to make a move for the French star.

The 25-year-old holding midfielder has continued to impress with the Saints this season despite a preseason filled with rumours of an exit to either Spurs or Arsenal, with Southampton unwilling to sanction a sale.

And although both clubs are still linked with the powerful midfield enforcer, a move to Spurs does not look likely as Schneiderlin has revealed the “page is turned” with regard to former boss Mauricio Pochettino, whose Spurs team travel to St Mary’s to face the Saints this Saturday.

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“He’s a great manager, we achieved great things last year but the page is turned,” he told BBC Radio Solent.

Schneiderlin’s comments would suggest a reunion with the Argentine coach is unlikely, paving the way for a fresh Arsenal approach in the coming months, something Ray Parlour would love to see.

The former Gunners midfielder has stated that the Saints man would be a “perfect” signing despite the latest reports suggesting a move is unlikely because of Francis Coquelin’s emergence.

“I’ve watched him a few times this year at St. Mary’s, and against Chelsea. I thought he did a great job in front of the back four,” Parlour is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

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“Defensively, he is tactically very good. When the ball goes wide you can see him dropping into the back two to make a three. So when balls are going in there’s an extra defender there – Gilberto Silva did that during the unbeaten season.

“He knows the Premier League, he’s not got to settle and would be perfect for Arsenal in that midfield area.”

Schneiderlin has two years remaining on his current Southampton deal and would cost more than £25 million if a move is made in the next few months.

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Chelsea plotting £45m double raid for Southampton duo

Chelsea are looking to bolster their side with the addition of impressive Southampton duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne this summer, according to the Guardian.

The Blues are on their way to winning the Premier League but Jose Mourinho will still be keen to strengthen the team ahead of next year to keep them at the very top of English football.

Schneiderlin and Clyne have both been linked with moves away from St Mary’s this summer, with Manchester United strongly linked with the England right-back, while Arsenal are showing an interest in the French midfielder again.

But Chelsea could swoop in ahead of their Premier League rivals and secure both players for a combined total of around £45 million.

Clyne is entering the final year of his Saints contract and is likely to be on the move unless the Saints can tie him down to a long-term deal. The 24-year-old defender is expected to cost £15 million if United or Chelsea choose to make an offer.

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Schneiderlin, 25, is a more expensive option and the Saints have already proved hard to negotiate with when it comes to their midfield enforcer.

Despite last summer’s exodus, Southampton managed to retain Schneiderlin when Spurs and Arsenal were heavily linked with moves, and Chelsea look set to test their resolve once more.

A bid of around £30 million could be enough to tempt the Saints, especially as the player has said he wants to play Champions League football next season. Cashing in now would be a sensible option, given that the club could reinvest into the squad, as they did so successfully following all of last year’s sales.

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Clyne would rival Branislav Ivanovic for a starting role at right-back with a move to Stamford Bridge, while Schneiderlin could form a frightening partnership with Nemanja Matic in midfield, allowing Cesc Fabregas to play further forward if any deal is agreed.

Mourinho likes to do his summer business early, and with Arsenal and United both interested in the Southampton duo, Chelsea could look to swoop sooner rather than later.

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Arsenal legend suggests signing two stars to make club ‘the real deal’

Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas has claimed the Gunners are close to being ‘the real deal’ and believes they are just a couple of quality signings away from being an elite side in the Premier League once more.

Nicholas told Sky Sports his former club can close the gap on the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City next season by signing another central defender and a high-quality holding midfielder.

“I still think they’re two players away from being the real deal but I think Wenger is getting close to identifying who those players are,” Nicholas said.

“It’s the defence and the protection of the defence that need attention, he recognises that now.”

Nicholas was quick to heap praise on Francis Coquelin, who has impressed this season, but highlights depth is key and that Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin is the type of player who could be the right move.

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“Coquelin has done really well but I would like another holding midfield player to come in, perhaps a Schneiderlin type of player.”

Nicholas sees Arsene Wenger’s signing of defender Gabriel as a long-term replacement for Per Mertesacker but he reiterates the point the club needs another centre-back.

“Ideally, if the situation arose, I’d like to go and get Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, that’s who I’d really love Arsenal to get.”

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But Nicholas realises Varane would be a difficult target to land and admits there are plenty of other defenders who can have the same impact Gabriel has made for a more reasonable fee.

“Look at what Gabriel has done since he’s come into the side, he’s looked solid and the team’s record reflects that – and he only cost £11m I think.

“There’s plenty of Gabriel types out there for reasonable fees.”

Arsenal take on Liverpool this weekend and can almost shut the door on the Merseyside clubs’ hope of making the top four with a win in what is a pivotal game.

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