Arsenal will face a transfer tussle with Napoli for the signature of Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, Mirror reports.
Rafa Benitez’s Napoli side clinched Serie A’s last Champions League spot and has the French midfielder high on his transfer hit-list.
The 24-year-old has played a pivotal role in Southampton’s good form this season, receiving his first international call-up by Didier Deschamps when his name was on France’s World Cup standby list.
Schneiderlin joined Southampton as an 18-year-old from Strasbourg back in 2008 and has been a key member in the Saint’s rise from League One to the top half of the English Premier League – alerting Arsenal in the process.
It will however be difficult to lure him from Saint Mary’s, having just signed a new long-term deal last year that’ll keep him at the club till 2017.
But with the potential departure of boss Mauricio Pochettino, and imminent transfers for star players Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, Schneiderlin could consider his options as an air of uncertainty surrounds the club.
Southampton defender Jose Fonte came out to say: “By keeping Mauricio, you probably keep the most important players. It is something we talk about in the dressing room. It is massive that he stays.”
Schneiderlin scored two goals in 36 league appearance for the Saints this season.