A report from Goal.com claims Arsenal have made their personal terms offer to Morgan Schneiderlin clear.
Southampton’s French star appears to be at the centre of a tug of war between Arsenal and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with the Gunners reportedly having put their cards on the table.
“The France international is now regarded as this summer's No.1 target at both clubs, with the lure of playing under former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs proving a strong temptation for the 24-year-old,” reports Goal.
“However, Arsenal have outlined a salary package through intermediaries which, combined with the possibility of Champions League football and greater trophy-winning potential, could prove decisive.”
Arsenal are open to signing a holding midfielder ahead of the new Premier League season but other reports suggest Arsene Wenger is ready to put his faith in Jack Wilshere, turning the England international into more of a defensive player.
If that’s the route Wenger takes, it could be a sign that Schneiderlin isn’t interested in the offer, which has apparently been made to him, as he’s keen to link up with former boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Arsenal’s financial position is superb and allows the club to afford some big deals and big wage packets, but Arsene Wenger has always maintained a need for a socialist financial structure at the Emirates.
Rather than get involved in a drawn out bidding war against Spurs, Arsenal appear to have cleverly bypassed the situation, telling Schneiderlin what he can expect and attract from a move to Arsenal.
Therefore, should the French midfielder overlook the Gunners, there isn’t too much more they could have done if their offer has been passed onto the player by his agent or another representative.
It all boils down to whether Schneiderlin wants to link up with his former boss or whether he wants a better shot at the Premier League title and a chance to play in the Champions League.