Southampton transfer round-up: Twist in pursuit of Alderweireld; Schneiderlin favours Arsenal move

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Morgan Schneiderlin favours a move to Arsenal over Manchester United, according to reports by the Independent.

The 25-year-old midfielder is expected to depart the south coast club this summer, with a number of Premier League teams linked with a move for his signature.

United were supposedly in the drivers seat to secure his signature, but Arsenal appear to have stolen a march on their rivals, with the France international hoping to remain in the south of England.

He also reportedly feels that the Gunners' more settled style of play is better suited to his game. 

Arsenal have not yet lodged a concrete bid for Schneiderlin, while the Red Devils are currently said to be presiding over a potential second offer after seeing their first bid of £20 million rejected. 

Meanwhile, the latest twist in the Toby Alderweireld transfer suggests that the Saints have a contract with Atletico Madrid for the Tottenham-linked defender and expect a permanent transfer to take place. 

According to Sky Sports, if the Spanish outfit do a deal with Spurs or anyone else, then Southampton will consider legal action against them.

After spending last season at Southampton on loan, the south coast club had a £6.8m option to buy Alderweireld. But Atletico paid £1.5 million to buy out the clause in order to sell to the highest bidder after the Belgian international's impressive spell at St Mary's.

Alderweireld appeared on 26 occasions for the Saints last term, playing a major as the club set the second best defensive record in the league, closely behind eventual winners Chelsea.

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