Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Oliver Todd of the Daily Mail reports:
Tottenham will make a final bid for Morgan Schneiderlin before giving up on signing the wantaway Southampton midfielder.
New Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is determined to take his former player with him from the south coast but after a summer of big name departures Saints are reluctant to let another of their major assets go.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Morgan Schneiderlin is still pressing for his transfer from Southampton to Tottenham, according to well respected Daily Mail journalist Neil Ashton.
Ashton does not quote the midfielder directly, but claims Schneiderlin is adamant he has Southampton's word that he can leave:
Morgan Schneiderlin is claiming he has a gentleman’s agreement with Southampton that will force through his move to Tottenham.
Schneiderlin insists this was in place when he signed a new four-year contract in February 2013.
Although the 24-year-old, who earns £45,000 a week, signed his new deal under a previous regime, he insists the club should honour a verbal commitment.
Updates from Friday, August 8
Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph has the latest on Schneiderlin:
Schneiderlin not playing #saintsfc final friendly. Not in right mental state. Koeman says he won't be sold but "player making it difficult"— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) August 8, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has reiterated the club's stance that Morgan Schneiderlin, nor any other player for that matter, will be sold this summer.
Saints have already seen a host of big names depart, but Krueger insists the exit door is shut despite Tottenham's interest in Schneiderlin, per Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph:
We needed to be willing, if a premium was hit, to let players go. We got our premium but we came to a clear conclusion that Morgan and Jay (Rodriguez) were not going to be sold.
It’s clear that certain players when Ronald [Koeman] came in were flagged as potential core players long term, within their positions.
Updates from Friday, Aug. 1
Morgan Schneiderlin has been told in no uncertain terms that he is staying at Southampton this summer, despite strong links to Tottenham and Arsenal.
Schneiderlin recently reacted angrily to the club's public vow to keep him, but boss Ronald Koeman has since revealed he has had words with the midfielder, per the Daily Mirror's Alex Crook:
We have spoken about that (the tweet) and I have told Morgan these things need to be kept in house.
He is a Southampton player and he will continue to be so. He will be involved in our friendly against Bayer Leverkusen next week and against Liverpool on the first day of the season.
Updates from Thursday, July 31
Reports that Morgan Schneiderlin handed in a transfer request at Southampton are wide of the mark, according to the Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton.
However, Lipton writes that Schneiderlin may yet have to go on strike to force his move to Tottenham, after Saints make a public statement that he will not leave:
While the 24-year-old did not down tools, that remains his potential next step after sources close to the player insisted: "Morgan feels hurt and angry."
"He was so convinced he would be on the move he started to pack up his house, so was shocked when Ralph Krueger told him he was going nowhere under any circumstances."
The possibility of refusing to train unless Southampton agree to talk to Spurs is a real one and signals his determination to be reunited with the Argentine (Mauricio Pochettino) in north London.
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has reportedly handed in a transfer request after consistent speculation that he is eager for a move to Tottenham.
Sky Sports News reported on Wednesday that the Frenchman is looking to force through a move away from St. Mary's, though it is yet to be confirmed:
Sky Sources: Morgan Schneiderlin hands in transfer request at Southampton #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 30, 2014
Southampton have recently sold many of the core group of players that saw them to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League last season: Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren all moving on.
In response to what looks like the collapse of a strong team, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger attempted to reassure fans that Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez would stay at the club, as per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail:
Specifically to Rodriguez and Schneiderlin, they will not be going anywhere. We see them as part of a core and the core we’ve got right now and in place is a core that is where Ronald [Koeman] would like to go and they a part of that core. Any reports that Rodriguez or Schneiderlin are leaving or we are in engaged in transfer conversations are totally off the mark. They will not be sold.
However, Spurs are reported to have offered £13 million for the 24-year-old—far below Saints' £27 million valuation, per Jones—and Schneiderlin seems eager to join old boss Mauricio Pochettino in north London.
He took to Twitter on Tuesday to express his opinion on the stance being taken by Southampton concerning his transfer:
6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!— Morgan Schneiderlin (@SchneiderlinMo4) July 29, 2014
The brutal fact for new Saints boss Koeman and their fans is that, if Schneiderlin does indeed want to leave, it would be unwise to force him to stay.
However, with Rodriguez also reportedly on his way to Spurs, the manner of the Saints squad's dismantling leaves the club in a tricky position, as per BT Sport's Jake Humphrey:
Having made significant amounts of money in selling their top players, Southampton have the funds to rebuild, but they will struggle to attract the same quality they had on show in 2013-14, while any new players will inevitably spend time finding their feet.
As for Schneiderlin's potential move to Spurs, he would be a fine addition to Pochettino's team as he is undoubtedly one of the Premier League's top defensive midfielders, as per Squawka:
Morgan Schneiderlin has made more interceptions (208) and tackles (259) over the past two seasons than any other Premier League player.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 28, 2014
Spurs struggled after the sale of Gareth Bale last season, but the addition of the Frenchman could add cohesion to an undoubtedly talented group of players.
However, it seems they may have a job on their hands in confirming the signing of Schneiderlin, and even if he has handed in a transfer request, there are surely set to be protracted negotiations.