Southampton boss Ronald Koeman hands Arsenal and Tottenham boost in race for Morgan Schneiderlin

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Reports over the weekend claimed the 25-year old was close to a Manchester United move, but that is apparently not the case.

Morgan Schneiderlin’s inevitable St Mary’s departure has been one of the summer’s more protracted moves, with a whole host of clubs linked to his signature - as per the Daily Mail.

Arsenal are said to be interested, with their need for a combative central midfielder well documented, while Tottenham Hotspur hoped the Mauricio Pochettino effect would be enough to convince the sought-after midfielder to switch to the Lane.

But it was Manchester United who emerged as favourites over the weekend, as reported in The Telegraph, with talk of a deal being close to completion. 

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has played down those claims, however, and given hope to the other interested parties in the process.

“Until now, we have not had a serious bid for him from Man United. We will wait, but OK - that's business that normally starts from now," said Koeman, as per talkSPORT.

Although no ‘serious bids’ have yet been received, Koeman still sounds resigned to losing his talisman.

He added: "We have some doubts about players.

"We have the situation with Morgan Schneiderlin, we will have to wait to see what will happen."

The Tale of the Transfer

Spurs remain clear outsiders based on the financial demands of the deal and lack of Champions League football, and Daniel Levy is unlikely to sanction a £25 million bid on a single player after getting his fingers burnt with the Bale money.

In an address to fans at the end of the season on the club's official website, the Spurs chairman hinted at a rethink in the club’s recent transfer approach and the signings of Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer suggest a return to the traditional method of targeting cheap players with potential to grow.

The emergence of Francis Coquelin at Arsenal has somewhat reduced their need for a holding midfielder and reports have emerged, by the likes of ESPN, claiming William Carvalho has now become the priority.

United, therefore, hold the cards in the battle for Schneiderlin and should secure their man if a ‘serious bid’ is tabled.

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