Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin’s future has become a little clearer, after it was agreed that he would leave St Mary’s this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, the Saints made a desperate attempt to tempt the Frenchman to stay on the south coast for another season by offering to make him the highest paid player in the club’s history. The proposed deal would have seen the 25-year-old earn £60,000 a week.
However, the Mail report that Schneiderlin’s desire to play in the Champions League has seen him turn down the chance to remain with Ronald Koeman’s side.
The Mail suggest that the news is likely to alert Arsenal, Manchester United, and Tottenham, who all wish to sign the holding midfielder, but it is going to cost them £24m, which may prevent any deal.
That price is likely to put the north London duo off, while Manchester United have made Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger their main target, according to the Mail.
And while Spurs are not playing in Europe’s premier competition next year, a move to White Hart Lane would allow him the chance to link up with former boss Mauricio Pochettino.