Thursday 29 September 2016

Manchester United team news: Louis van Gaal eyes up bid for Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin

Published 12/06/2015 | 08:17

Morgan Schneiderlin will only leave Southampton for a Champions League club
Morgan Schneiderlin will only leave Southampton for a Champions League club

Manchester United have identified Morgan Schneiderlin as a key summer target, according to the Manchester Evening News.

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The Southampton midfielder is a long-term target of Arsenal, and is expected to leave St Mary's this summer.

Louis van Gaal is keen to bolster his central midfield options, and the Frenchman has the necessary tenacity and discipline to become a real asset at Old Trafford.

The Dutch manager has hinted that this is an area he may look to strengthen, especially given the injuries suffered last season by Michael Carrick.

Schneiderlin himself has dropped plenty of hints over the past few months that he's ready to move to one of the Premier League's 'big boys'.

Back in March, the Frenchman said: "I'm ready for a move from Southampton this summer, I know that I will go trough some difficult moments this summer.

"My priority is to keep playing in the Premier league. I feel very well in England. This league has so many qualities"

United of course have a recent history of doing business with Southampton, having signed Luke Shaw for £28m last summer.

The club are also trying to sign Saints right-back Nathaniel Clyne this window.

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If United fail to land Schneiderlin, it is believed they would turn to Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger instead.

Schneiderlin though looks keen to force the move through, as demonstrated by this provocative tweet sent last week.

Another target in central midfield for United is Borussia Dortmund's all-action playmaker Ilkay Gundogan.

It has been suggested that United had already completed the signing of the player, after the club's official betting partner Bwin confirmed that it had gone through.

Bwin, United’s "official online gaming and betting partner", tweeted an image of Gundogan with the message "Say hello to Ilkay Gundogan! It sounds like he’ll be joining Man United this summer" – before hastily deleting the tweet.

Gundogan has also attracted interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

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