Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly commissioned a £17 million offer for Morgan Schneiderlin.
Goal.com claims that Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has sanctioned a £17 million offer for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
Spurs have been chasing the Frenchman for most of the summer while the Saints have stood firm that the World Cup star is not for sale and will still be their player by the end of the summer transfer window.
Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has been consistent in his belief that Schneiderlin will be playing on the south coast for this season but that doesn’t seem to have stopped Tottenham from trying to buy him.
“Goal understands that Mauricio Pochettino remains determined to land his former player and has sanctioned a bid of around £17 million,” reports Goal.
It’s difficult to see Spurs getting their hands on Schneiderlin for that fee considering recent deals for Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw.
Both of those players went for the top end of their valuations with Liverpool paying big to sign Lallana while Manchester United will end up paying over £30 million for Shaw, once they have paid off their fee agreement.
The Saints don’t want to sell Schneiderlin and are under no pressure to do so which means they don’t have to budge an inch from the £27 million valuation they have put on the player.
The reported offer Pochettino has approved is some way short of that mark and with two weeks to go before the transfer window slams shut, it’s doubtful whether Tottenham can get an offer together which is more in line with that top end fee.
The player featured in the Saints’ opening defeat of the season away at Liverpool, which contradicts reports from earlier in the summer that he could refuse to train or would be difficult to try and force his move away from the club.
Schneiderlin is a Southampton player and he will be until Spurs, or any other side, make the Saints an offer which is simply too good to turn down.
Until then, Saints fans can look forward to him controlling the space in front of their defence this season.