In a regurgitated rumour that threatens to outlast us all, Southampton schemer Morgan Schneiderlin has once again been linked to Arsenal.
It’s a saga with more twists than the world’s longest strand of fusili and the latest chapter says the Saints are prepared to offer the Frenchman a new contract to make him their highest paid player in a bid to ward off the Gunners’ interest.
Such a gesture is sure to prove futile as the fiscal incentives offered by the St Mary’s moneymen will almost certainly rank some way inferior to the carrots Arsenal can dangle, but perhaps Southampton would be best served keeping their riches to themselves here.
Schneiderlin is 2/1 to be a Gunner by the end of the of the summer transfer window and if the Saints’ brains trust knows what they’re doing, they’ll know it’s time to let him leave.
It’s a price that entitles backers to a £60 profit if they stake their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com on the outcome and the player makes the Emirates switch.
Here’s why his employers should let him:
Saints had a yard sale before this season started and are markedly better for it.
An array of assets were seized by bigger hitters (namely Liverpool) during the off season, but Southampton replaced them all masterfully for a fraction of the windfall they received.
While Ronald Koeman’s men are obviously better with the Obernai native in the team, he has missed 13 matches so far and the club are still punching above their weight in the Premier League.
It’s clear they have a contingency to cope without Schneiderlin and with the funds to replace him in the summer a like-minded midfielder could easily sourced.
The enormous amount of money they’re sure to receive for the Frenchman’s services can be used to bolster other areas of the team.
Much has been made about the Saints’ dependency on Graziano Pelle, with the Italian striker starting every top-tier game the club have contested this term due to a lack of alternatives.
As a result of this over-activity the former Feyenoord man has suffered a drastic dip in form.
Schneiderlin’s sale would inflate their transfer kitty massively, meaning moves for his replacement and a top-level striker could be financed, as could a permanent deal for star stopper Toby Alderweireld, who is on loan from Atletico Madrid.
It’s clear the player wants to leave.
When seeing Southampton sanction the St Mary’s exits for a raft of his colleagues yet refuse him permission to move to Tottenham, the Frenchman kicked right off.
Blocking another high-profile transfer this summer is sure to spark a similar reaction and with seemingly no hope of talking him into extending his stay, there seems little point risking losing such a valuable player for nothing upon the expiry of his contract.