Arsenal appear to be leading the race to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, after the player has revealed that he would only leave St Mary’s for a side playing in the Champions League.
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The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the 25-year-old since last summer and have been given a major boost in their bid to beat North London rivals Tottenham for his signature this year, following alleged comments to a radio station in France as reported by the Metro:
“Yes, I think my decision is made.” he said.
“The goal is to stay in England, it is a championship that I like and where I have a lot of fun.”
“There are ongoing discussions, but nothing is done. But of course the Champions League is my goal. If I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League.” he revealed.
With Arsenal finishing third in the Premier League this season, it would appear they have the upper hand when it comes down to any potential negotiations with the Saints star, as he has made it clear that he wants to test himself in Europe’s elite club competition.
Arsene Wenger is expected to strengthen his squad in the summer and, despite the brilliant form of Francis Coquelin since the turn of the year, another central midfielder is thought to be at the top of his list of targets,
A move for Schneiderlin would certainly make competition for places in that area at the Emirates Stadium even stronger than what it is.