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Arsenal register Morgan Schneiderlin interest with Southampton - sources

Arsenal have made their first moves towards signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, sources have told ESPN FC.

Arsenal had been strongly linked with a move for Schneiderlin last summer but Southampton refused to allow him to leave after seeing Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Dejan Lovren exit St Mary's.

The France international had made public his frustration that he was denied the chance to move on, but ESPN FC has been told that Saints officials have reassured him that he will be allowed to leave at the right price this summer.

Although Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains an admirer of the 25-year-old after having worked with him at Southampton, the player has made clear his desire to play Champions League football next season and Arsenal appear to be the frontrunners.

The Gunners have now made contact with Southampton, although they have yet to register an offer.

MorganĀ Schneiderlin has been a key player as Southampton defied preseason expectations to challenge for a place in Europe.

Schneiderlin is currently sidelined with a knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season, and Saints boss Ronald Koeman said last week that he was uncertain whether he would represent the club again.

Asked if Schneiderlin had played his last game for the club, Koeman said: "I don't know, or about interest or about bids. We like to keep everybody but we know sometimes it's difficult. There aren't any serious bids for the player. He is happy, but it's up to the player."

Southampton also face a battle to hold onto England full-back Nathaniel Clyne, who was given a 10-day deadline to make a decision on his future last week, with sources telling ESPN FC that Manchester United have registered an interest

Saints midfielder Victor Wanyama, meanwhile, has also been linked with Arsenal.

The Sun had reported last month that Wanyama had said that Wenger wanted to sign him and, while the Kenya international denied the story shortly afterwards, he later clarified his position.

Southampton officials have assured Koeman that he will be allowed to reinvest funds from any sales.

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