The Daily Mail have linked Spurs with a move for a French central midfielder that isn’t Moussa Sissoko, as they report that Morgan Schneiderlin may be set for a move to White Hart Lane. If the move goes ahead, Schneiderlin would rejoin manager Mauricio Pochettino, and would help with Spurs’ lack of depth in midfield.
Where would he fit in at White Hart Lane?
If Spurs’ deal for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko falls through – which looks likely at this moment in time, given the difference in valuations of the player – then Schneiderlin will be a solution of sorts to their lack of cover for Moussa Dembele. Schneiderlin’s technical ability, combined with his range of passing and defensive prowess, make him a player similar to that of Dembélé, albeit without the monstrous physicality and incredible ball retention that saw the Belgian named as the best box-to-box midfielder in the world over the summer.
Schneiderlin has also played under Pochettino before, when the pair were at Southampton, and Spurs were heavily linked with the Frenchman before he finalised a move to Manchester United just last year. Whilst by no means a superstar, Schneiderlin would add depth to a Spurs squad who sorely lack it at the current time, especially considering their sale of Ryan Mason to Hull yesterday and the departure of Nabil Bentaleb on loan to Schalke.
Would Manchester United let him go?
Seeing as Schneiderlin enjoyed a fantastic spell under Pochettino in the 2013/14 season, there would be few questions asked about whether the Frenchman could justify whatever price Spurs paid for him. Instead, questions must be asked about whether the 26-year-old can be considered surplus to requirements at United, despite having only been there a year.
The answer to this question can really only be yes. The arrival of Paul Pogba for a huge £89 million fee, combined with Mourinho appearing to favour Maroaune Fellaini, mean that Schneiderlin will be limited in terms of first team action this season. In fact, his only game time so far has been the last five minutes away at Bournemouth. It therefore makes sense for United to let him go, especially if they receive a fee just under the £24 million they paid for him.
Is he the replacement for Moussa Sissoko?
Given Newcastle’s comedic over-valuation of Sissoko – a player they somehow consider to be worth £30m – the answer may very well be yes. Spurs have reportedly cooled their interest in Sissoko, despite Newcastle offering to accept six payments of £5 million installments, which leaves the path for another player to join.
On the other hand, chairman Daniel Levy may well be feigning interest elsewhere, in an effort for Newcastle to lower their price for a player desperate to get away. To add to this, if Spurs were to be considered genuinely interested, it makes little sense to leave the deal this late.
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