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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Manchester United join the race for Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin.
Morgan Schneiderlin.

Manchester United have joined Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in registering their interest in Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin although any bid is likely to depend on their progress with other midfield targets.

Louis van Gaal has made recruiting a right-footed central midfielder a transfer priority this summer and, with Paul Pogba likely to join Barcelona or Manchester City, is pursuing Germany World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schneiderlin is also on the club’s radar although Southampton are yet to have any formal bid for a player who they are willing to sell but value at around £25 million.

Schneiderlin was made to stay at Southampton last summer despite pushing to join Tottenham but an understanding was struck that he could potentially then leave this year. Arsenal were strongly interested in January and, after another excellent season, Schneiderlin now wants to join a club in the Champions League rather than Tottenham.

Arsene Wenger, however, has not rushed in with a bid, presumably due to a combination of the asking price, the central midfield emergence of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere’s strong return from injury. It leaves an opportunity for United but the club are exploring several midfield options.

Another major unknown for Southampton in this transfer window is whether they will succeed with a bid to keep Atletico Madrid centre-back Toby Alderweireld following his loan spell at the club. To their advantage is the clause that would force Atletico to pay them between £2 million and £3 million should he be sold to another club, such as Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur.

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