Manchester United favourites to sign Schneiderlin

Published 06/09/2015, 9:32 AM EDT


Manchester United are hoping that their positive relationship with Southampton will pave the way for Morgan Schneiderlin’s switch to Old Trafford. The clubs have long been on good terms and last summer’s relatively straightforward transfer of Luke Shaw left both sides happy. United boss Louis van Gaal is looking for a holding midfielder to take the load from Michael Carrick’s shoulders and Schneiderlin, fits the bill perfectly.

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The 25-year old French international’s brilliant display for the Saints has seen him attract interest from United, while their league rivals Arsenal have long been interested in securing Schneiderlin’s services.

The South Coast club value Schneiderlin around £25m . According to the London Media, the Gunners are unwilling to meet Southampton’s asking price as Arsene Wenger is looking for other options to strengthen his side’s midfield.

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Francis Coquelin has emerged as one of the surprise players to impress for the North London club, especially in the second half of last season. His sudden rise in form has forced the French manager to hesitate to match Southampton’s valuation for Schneiderlin. The Gunners’ refusal to meet Schneiderlin’s transfer fee could allow United to land the player. The midfielder has already admitted that he wants to stay in England and also revealed his dreams of playing in the Champions League.

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