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The Southampton star is in high demand this summer and has been linked with a move to both Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium, but as of yet a fee has not been agreed with either of the respective clubs.
Schneiderlin missed the first day of pre-season training with the Saints on Monday and manager Ronald Koeman insisted the reason behind the absence was down to illness [via ITV Sport].
This came hot on the heels of news via talkSPORT that a deal between United and the Saints was done, according to former Red Devils goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.
With Euro 2016 looming, and Schneiderlin fighting with the likes of Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Geoffrey Kondogbia for a place in a star-studded French midfield next summer, former national team manager Raymond Domenech insists the 25-year-old needs to leave St Mary’s for a team playing in Europe’s elite club competition this season:
“For him, Manchester United’s a good move,” he claimed [via Sun Sport].
“If he wants to be with the French team, he has to be in the Champions League. If he stays at Southampton, no luck,” Domenech added.
Despite United appearing to be firm favourites to land the midfielder, the Gunners could still have a say in the matter and the player reportedly favours a move to London, according to Standard Sport.
The North London outfit are understood to be keen on bringing in a new midfielder during the transfer window and have also been linked with moves for Juventus star Arturo Vidal [via Metro Sport] and Sporting Lisbon’s powerhouse William Carvalho [via Telegraph Sport], although a deal for the latter looks to be dead in the water following comments from new manager Jorge Jesus on Monday afternoon [via Sky Sports].
Francis Coquelin’s emergence in the second half of last season could result in Gunners manager Arsene Wenger altering his plans in the transfer market as he may want to sign a player that can play alongside the Frenchman rather than to replace him.