Emirates Stadium side hope to complete second St Mary’s raid of the summer.
Arsenal are in advanced talks with Southampton as Arsene Wenger seek to secure the capture of long term target Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Saints are reticent to lose yet another prominent member of their squad but the French international has made it abundantly clear he wishes to leave the south-coast side and it is thought that should any side meet the club’s £27m valuation of the 24 year old then they will relent and sell the long serving midfielder.
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Arsenal are said to be close to persuading the St Mary’s side to sell Schneiderlin by lining up a bid in the region of £20m that would also lead to a player joining Ronald Koeman’s side either on a loan or permanent switch.
The players who could be used in such a player plus cash deal include Yaya Sanogo, who racked up a four goal haul against Benfica at the Emirates Cup last week but is still very short on Premier League experience and Serge Gnabry who are the possible loan options.
The likes of Francis Coquelin and Ryo Miyaichi are considered possible permanent players sale options, with Ronald Koeman no doubt aware of the impact the Japanese international made during his spell at Feyenoord back in 2011.
Arsene Wenger is urgently looking to bring in a strong midfield option and has been hot in pursuit of Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Real Madrid battler Sami Khedira but both moves are on hold as Arsenal continue their pursuit of Schneiderlin.
The former Strasbourg man is thought to be Wenger’s top target due to his Premier League experience and having already successfully lured Calum Chambers from Southampton earlier this summer the French boss is hopeful of repeating the trick.