Defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has reportedly told Southampton that he wants to leave the club this summer, which should put Arsenal on red alert to try and sign the Frenchman.
Schneiderlin represents a seemingly perfect player for Arsene Wenger to go after; he’s young, can protect the back four and has Premier League experience.
However, Goal.com have suggested that Rafa Benitez’s Napoli have got in there first, acting quickly to make a good financial offer to the player, which could see the Gunners miss out on a second midfielder this summer, after turning down the chance to take Cesc Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium.
“Serie A club Napoli have already held talks with the 24-year-old's representatives and settled on a deal to raise his annual salary by £319,000, from £478,585 to nearly £800,000 plus bonuses,” reports Goal.
It certainly shouldn’t be all panic stations because Arsenal have several things in their favour if Schneiderlin is a player Wenger is interested in.
Arsenal’s financial position and strength has been well documented, which means they can go in above Napoli’s personal offer to the player.
Wenger doesn’t like doing deals through third parties but in this case, an even better wage deal could prompt Schneiderlin to consider a move to London over a move to Italy.
However, he certainly won’t allow the club to be held to ransom while he has two decent holding midfield options in Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.
Schneiderlin represents the chance for Wenger to sign a long term solution to play in front of his back four, but he has options if Napoli prove too difficult to get the better of in a war over future personal terms.
With the transfer window having officially opened, plenty of deals should now be announced and move quickly but with Schneiderlin at the World Cup with France, the Gunners still have time to get a deal together.