Southampton to demand over £27m for Schneiderlin
Southampton have told potential suitors Arsenal and Tottenham that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will cost in excess of £27m, the Guardian has reported.
Both North London clubs are said to have made enquiries for the Frenchman, who was a late call-up to Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad, and made his first international appearance in the final round of group matches in the goalless draw with Ecuador.
Schneiderlin has been on leave since the tournament, and returns to his club side for pre-season training on Monday, having seen teammates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw all leave so far this summer, while Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren are also close to completing moves away from the Saints.
He will be new boss Ronald Koeman for the first time on Monday, and in those discussions it will be stressed to Schneiderln how crucial he is to the Southampton setup, and that they are looking to keep him for next season. The club are also hoping that their asking price can put off the interested parties.
The 24-year-old has been at Southampton since 2008 and has played in each of the top three English divisions, proving an integral part of the club’s rise back to the Premier League.
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