As fas as the Morgan Schneiderlin transfer to Arsenal rumour was going, our resident Gooners thought that the story had gone cold completely until reports this past midweek.
The latest according to The Mirror is that Southampton have slapped a £24 million asking price onto the shoulders of their French international and this has set Gunners fans’ tongues wagging.
They are debating whether Schneiderlin is even worth that much but others pipe up and claim that in the modern market, those kind of fees are commonplace and relatively justified given the fact the Saints man has two years left to run on his contract at St Mary’s.
The problem is that Arsene Wenger has noted time and again that he won’t splash out lavish fees unless the player arriving is absolutely necessary and can add value to the squad instead of disrupting team harmony and cohesion.
The situation in defensive midfield has been complicated by the fact that Francis Coquelin has been nothing sort of superb since returning from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic midway through last season.
Before his return, Arsenal fans would’ve claimed Schneiderlin’s arrival was absolutely essential whereas now, Gunners fans are concentrating far more on the prospect of improving their goalkeeping options with Petr Cech instead.
If Wenger does deem £24 million too much for a player of Schneiderlin’s capabilities, he’ll need to revisit the drawing board and here are five alternatives to the Frenchman that the Gunners boss may then consider.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 Schneiderlin alternatives for Arsenal to consider this summer.