Manchester United have agreed a four-year contract with Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin, reports French publication L’Equipe.
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The Daily Star had reported that the 25-year-old had offers on the table from Arsenal and the Red Devils, but it would seem that the latter have taken the lead in negotiations. However, L’Equipe believe that a fee is yet to be agreed between United and the Saints, so the North Londoners may still have a chance in proceedings.
A move could be coming soon though, with the St. Mary’s outfit looking at Feyenoord’s Jordy Clasie and Lille’s Idrissa Gueye to replace their star player according to the Daily Express. If a deal were to be completed for either it could mean things are about to move very quickly in the centre-mid’s departure.
Schneiderlin would be a fine signing for either side, being perfect for both of their issues in midfield. Last season he made 27 appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side, scoring five goals and assisting one other. The France international also formed part of a defensive shield with Victor Wanyama that helped the South Coast club to concede just 33 goals in the Premier League. Only champions Chelsea bettered this by letting just 32 in.
The Gunners are likely interested in the midfielder to feature alongside Francis Coquelin in the middle of the park. The 24-year-old was a revelation in the last campaign, coming back from a loan at Charlton in December to become a key first team player. However, he doesn’t contribute so much in the final third, meaning a box to box player like Schneiderlin could be perfect to partner him in the centre.
Meanwhile, United boss Louis van Gaal will need new midfield recruits to compete on four fronts next time round. Michael Carrick is now 33-years-old, and Daley Blind’s versatility means he is needed to change position regularly when there are injuries. So a player like the Southampton star could be used to sit in front of the defence and shield their shaky centre-backs, likely laying deeper than he would at the Emirates.