Ever since Mauricio Pochettino came to Tottenham, the club have been looking at value when it comes to the transfer market. It was a major factor in the club refusing to pay over the odds for players like Alexandre Lacazette. Morgan Schneiderlin was a major transfer target for the club in the summer according to the reports from Mirror and the same source has stated that Spurs are believed to have come very close to signing the French international only for Jose Mourinho to pull the plug.
After having signed other targets like Victor Wanyama, Spurs seemed to have dropped out of the running to sign Schneiderlin, who continues to remain on the fringes of the first-team. Mourinho may have finally seen that the player does not fit into his squad and that it is better to sell him. United, though, would expect to receive only half of their original investment. Schneiderlin cost £25 million from Southampton in the summer of 2015.
He was used quite often used by Louis van Gaal, but the complete omission by Mourinho looks surprising. His current position in the United squad means that the club can expect to only make around £12 million from the sale of the player. At this price, a number of clubs would be willing to enter into the picture for the player who has been in England since 2008. Tottenham are rumoured to be considering the possibility of getting back for Schneiderlin, although this time around they will face competition from the likes of even Crystal Palace.
Rio Ferdinand recently blamed Tottenham’s poor recent form on the lack of impact from summer signings. Almost every player like Vincent Janssen has been disappointing largely because they have had to settle into the new surroundings and the higher physicality of the league. Schneiderlin need not go through such issues. One argument being put forward to the possibility of Spurs skipping on his signature is the presence of real within the squad like before. Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, and Eric Dier can all play in the defensive midfield positions where Schneiderlin excels.
However, having a player like Schneiderlin will allow Spurs to focus on other competitions apart from the league. Squad strength would play a major role, especially with Spurs’ high-intensity game under Pochettino, and if the club are also involved in the latter stages of the FA Cup.
If Schneiderlin was available for around £12 million, it would make complete sense if Spurs were to bring in the 27-year-old.