Arsenal are reportedly plotting a bid to sign Morgan Schneiderlin, and hope to pip Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of a long term target in the process.
The Gunners’ bitter rivals Spurs attempted a double transfer swoop in the summer, hoping to reunite manager Mauricio Pochettino with two former charges – Jay Rodriguez and Schneiderlin.
However, the Saints turned down a bid for both players and despite Schneiderlin’s protests, both stayed at the club over the summer.
Rodriguez is still recovering from a knee injury that he picked up last season, but Schneiderlin has impressed since the start of the campaign, establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s finest midfielders.
As a result, the Daily Express is now reporting that Arsene Wenger is plotting a £25 million swoop for the 25 year old star.
Schneiderlin is reportedly unhappy with how Spurs approached the transfer, and is more interested in a move to Arsenal.
However, Southampton sit above both clubs in the league, and Schneiderlin might be tempted to see out the season.
Chelsea star Ryan Bertrand is set to make a permanent move to Southampton, having had an exceptional start to his loan spell on the south coast.
The capped England left back joined the St Mary’s club in the summer on a season long loan deal, having seen the possibility for opportunities at Stamford Bridge shrink even further as a result of Chelsea’s transfer activities.
Jose Mourinho brought Filipe Luis in to the west London side from Atletico Madrid in the summer, despite already using Cesar Azpilicueta as his first choice left sided defender.
Luis has finally been granted a series of opportunities in defence, and looks to have made the position his own.
It now seems even more unlikely that Bertrand will get an opportunity at Chelsea.
As a result, he is likely to move to Southampton on a permanent basis, having made 17 appearances for them, according to the Daily Mirror.
Bertrand will move in January or the summer.
He famously made his Chelsea debut in the Champions League final, which they won.
This deal makes sense for all parties. Bertrand could be joining a Champions League club in the summer, if the side reach the heights of the early season again after Saturday’s 3-0 win against Everton.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that Southampton deserved more from their clash with the Old Trafford club last night.
The Saints dominated a significant chunk of the game, and were unlucky not to go ahead with the scores deadlocked at 1-1.
Robin van Persie struck twice to secure another three points for the Manchester side, who have now won five games in a row, propelling them to third in the Premier League and comfortably into the Champions League places.
Van Gaal has feuded publicly with Ronald Koeman in the recent past, despite having worked closely with him at Barcelona and Ajax.
Despite this, Van Gaal was ready to admit that Southampton were the better team during their 2-1 loss.
However, he is adamant that in the end, it is the goals that matter, and with Man Utd winning, he is happy with the result.
“Of course, when you are the better team you deserve more but believe me it is always the goals that count,” he said.
“When we played the first six or seven matches of the season and we never won but were always the better team I didn’t say anything about that at that time.
“It is fantastic to be now third in the table but I had hoped we would have done that with a better performance because we were the lucky team.”
Man Utd face Liverpool at the weekend.