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Rumour Round-up: Arsenal upping interest with £25million bid for Schneiderlin

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has long been linked to a move away from St. Mary's. Will he make his move this summer?

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The Daily Telegraph have reported Arsenal are to step up their interest in signing Southampton midfield general Morgan Schneiderlin with a £25million bid. <p><span><!-- ######## START FLOATED VIDEO SNIPPET ######## --></span></p>

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The article also states Saints have offered Schneiderlin a new contract which would see him become the highest-paid player at St. Mary's.

Schneiderlin has long been linked to moves away from St. Mary's. The French international appeared to have wanted a move to Arsenal's North London rivals Tottenham during Southampton's problematic summer transfer window of last year.

Arsenal have been crying out for an all-action midfielder for some time now and it appears Arsene Wenger sees his fellow Strasbourg native Schneiderlin as the man to fill that role for his side.

In a summer of mass upheaval in 2014, it speaks volumes that Schneiderlin was the one player Southampton refused to sell.

Southampton have built their team around the Frenchman and, as a fan, I would be seriously disappointed if Schneiderlin left for anything less than £25million should he reject our contract offer for pastures new.

Despite his apparent interest in leaving the club last summer, Schneiderlin has been superb all season for Saints and has proved to be the model professional on the pitch despite having his head turned back in July.