The Mirror claims Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has an offer of a new contract from the Saints worth around £50,000 per week.
It seems like a great offer for a very good player, but the same report claims he’s reluctant to sign it, which will put summer courters Tottenham Hotspur on red alert.
Spurs tried repeatedly to sign the Frenchman last summer, seeing offers routinely knocked back as the Saints held onto their man which was their right.
It now seems that the Saints are deeply concerned that he could leave this winter or next summer, with Arsenal the only likely rivals to Spurs in terms of getting him.
“Southampton are increasingly concerned that Morgan Schneiderlin is unwilling to commit to a new contract – and could leave the Saints for Tottenham or Arsenal,” reports the Mirror.
“The south coast club have offered the French midfielder a deal of around £50,000-per-week, but the player is reluctant to sign and there is belief he could attempt to force a move.”
So how do Tottenham work this situation to their favour?
Spurs could certainly afford to match the contract which has apparently been offered to Schneiderlin, but they would be well advised to improve on it further substantially.
If Mauricio Pochettino’s side can somehow get a fee agreed with the Saints, they need to put a good offer on the table, which swings things in their favour because they can’t offer Champions League football in the same way as Arsenal.
Spurs don’t have to go made but they can certainly offer an initial £60-70,000 per week to test the water, leaving themselves room to improve that further.
Would Schneiderlin take higher wages over a move to Arsenal? There’s every chance he could.
The player has always insisted that he wants to make a step up and challenge himself at one of England’s traditionally big clubs and Spurs certainly fall into that category.
Tottenham have one of the best support bases in the country and a set of supporters who will never let him slip into complacency or believe he’s made it.
Daniel Levy, get the cheque book out.