Morgan Schneiderlin will leave Southampton this summer after reaching an agreement with the club, according to the Daily Mail.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly the three sides vying for the Frenchman’s signature according to the mid-top publication.
The Gunners lead the way in the betting to house him come the end of the next transfer window at 4/5, while United are next in the reckoning at 7/2.
A White Hart Lane rendezvous with Mauricio Pochettino, who previously managed the 25-year-old on the south coast, is deemed comparative long-shot material at 8/1.
The betting may suggest that the Emirates is Schneiderlin’s most likely destination, but from the player’s perspective there is only one club it makes sense to join.
Clearly, given his long-professed desire to begin playing Champions League football a move to Spurs would be an utter waste of time, a baby-step up from his current lodgings, without the sea air.
The Lilywhites’ north London rivals will provide that next term, even shunning the usual play-off round ordeal, but they are compulsive central-midfielder hoarders.
In Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Francis Coquelin they already have two players for both the box-to-box and defensive roles in the midfield two.
Meanwhile Santi Cazorla’s emergence as a force from a deeper berth in Arsene Wenger’s 4-1-4-1 adds further competition to the side’s middle band.
In comparison, Manchester United, back in Europe after a year’s hiatus, offer little such encumbrances to his walking into the first XI.
Michael Carrick and Daley Blind are the other operatives in his position at Old Trafford, yet he should be able to usurp both for a role at the base of Louis van Gaal’s engine room.
Carrick still oozes quiet assurance and the team are better with him in it, but he is 33 and prone to regular injury absences.
Blind, meanwhile, singularly failed to earmark himself the former West Ham and Tottenham man’s successor last season, looking far more integral to the way the side were trying to operate when employed as a left-back.