Southampton have told United to make a “serious” bid for the player
Manchester United are set to launch a new and improved £30 million bid for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
United‘s initial offer of £20 million was rejected by the Saints, but it is understood they will increase their offer by £10m, in the hope of finally landing their main midfield target.
Arsenal have been the other team chasing the France international, but seem resigned to miss out to their Premier League rivals.
Southampton have valued their prized asset at £25 million
Louis van Gaal is after a top class central midfielder, as United look to further strengthen their squad to compete on all fronts this season, including the Champions League.
In the meantime, the 25 year old will travel to Austria for Southampton‘s pre-season tour, despite the intense speculation surrounding his future.
Southampton’s Dutch manager Ronald Koeman revealed on Monday that United would have to make a “serious” offer to persuade the club to part with Schneiderlin.
“Two weeks ago we had a bid from Man United but it was not enough,” Koeman said in a press conference.
“It was not serious and we have had no more bids.
“Every player has his price and the club has good experience in selling players because last season we sold some players.
“If there is in interest in Morgan, let’s have the price the club wants because he is one of the key players of the team, he is an international player but I don’t think it’s a problem for Man United.
“I know the situation because I had a meeting with Morgan last week. We will see what happens over the next few days.
“We know we can compete with Manchester United with the salary and Champions League football. I hope if there will be any business it will be soon because it is best for the player and best for us.”
Schneiderlin wanted to leave St. Mary’s last summer, during the mass departure of five key first team players.
But he stayed, and was a key part of helping the South Coast club reach their highest ever Premier League finish, plus a spot in the Europa League.