Arsenal receive boost in Schneiderlin chase

Arsenal have received a major boost in their attempts to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin after rivals Tottenham decided to pursue a different target, according to the Metro.

The Frenchman appeared close to leaving Southampton last summer, but was persuaded to stay by manager Ronald Koeman. However, he remains the subject of intense transfer speculation, and Arsenal have not given up on their attempts to sign him.

The club has long been in the market for a more defensively minded midfield player, with a number of names from across Europe having been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, including Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.

Tottenham, managed by Schneiderlin’s former boss Mauricio Pochettino, have also been serious contenders in the race to sign the 25-year-old, but they have now chosen to turn their attentions towards a bid for Everton star James McCarthy.

The Irishman, who has impressed throughout his time in English football, joined Everton from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2013 and is a regular fixture in the Toffees midfield. It is likely to take an offer in the region of £25m in order to make them consider selling McCarthy.

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