What is going on at Southampton?
The Premier League club is turning into a walking soap opera this summer, as players continue to leave, the club continues to rake in the transfer fees and now more players want out. Or so it appears.
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Earlier on Tuesday Saints’ Canadian chairman Ralph Krueger stated that Tottenham Hotspur targets Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin would not be going anywhere despite reports suggesting a deal for the duo was close to being completed.
Saints, in case you forgot, have sold Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool this summer, plus Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Calum Chambers to Arsenal. They raised over $170 million by selling those five key players but Krueger insisted that new players would now be brought in and the likes of Schneiderlin and Rodriguez would stay to be the core of a new team under new manager Ronald Koeman.
Schneiderlin isn’t having any of it.
The French international, who was a late call up to the France’s squad and played in central midfield for Les Blues at the 2014 World Cup, has since taken to Twitter and sent the following message out.
Reading between the lines it is not too difficult to work out what Schneiderlin is talking about, as the Frenchman has just arrived back at the club after his extended break due France making the World Cup quarterfinals.
Schneiderlin joined Saints as a teenager and has risen with them from League One obscurity to the upper echelons of the Premier League in the past six years. His wonderful play in midfield has seen him attract interest from England’s top teams over the past two seasons but he now seems to be airing his discontent at seeing a move away from Southampton blocked by the club.
We haven’t heard the last of this and the Frenchman, like most of his other teammates this summer, will likely get his wish and a move away from Saints. He is valued at $45 million by Southampton and their insistence to play hardball should ensure that get at least that for Schneiderlin.
Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool are said to be interested in buying him.