June 05, 2015 15:06:35 UK
Matt Le Tissier expects Morgan Schneiderlin to leave Southampton this summer.
The French international midfielder was heavily touted for a move away from St Mary’s last summer but new manager Ronald Koeman stood firm with the club having allowed a number of key first team players to move on before he arrived.
Le Tissier felt there were “exceptional circumstances” behind Southampton’s decision to keep Schneiderlin last summer and he feels the club will not stand in the way of the 25-year-old this time around.
“I think Southampton have always been fair with players and not stood in their way when bigger clubs have met their valuation, which was shown last summer,” Le Tissier said.
The big question is whether a top-four side meets his valuation.
Matt Le Tissier
“Schneiderlin’s case last summer was under exceptional circumstances as so many players had already left.”
Schneiderlin has targeted Champions League football as the next aspiration in his career and with Southampton 13.00 to secure a top four finish next season Le Tissier expects the player to move on, suggesting it is “more likely that he’ll leave than stay”.
According to the former playmaker turned pundit, big clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal should be tracking Schneiderlin closely.
“The big question is whether a top-four side meets his valuation.
“Out of those sides it is Manchester United that need him most as they still require strengthening in that position,” he added.
Manchester United are 6.00 to win the 2015/16 Premier League and Le Tissier expects Schneiderlin to be on their radar sooner rather than later this summer.
“It sounds like they’ve been looking at (Bastian) Schweinsteiger but if they don’t get him then Schneiderlin becomes their number one target,” he said.
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