Southampton will tell Arsenal and Tottenham they must pay more money than Manchester United did for Luke Shaw if they want to sign Morgan Schneiderlin this summer.
The Red Devils paid a whopping £27 million to bring the 19-year-old left-back to Old Trafford earlier this summer, which represented a world-record fee for a teenager.
And, according to the Guardian, Saints will request more money for their in-demand midfielder, because they value him even more highly than the England international defender.
Schneiderlin has been with Southampton since the age of 18 when he arrived at St Mary's from Strasbourg in a £1.2 million deal in 2008. After learning his trade in League One and the Championship the 24-year-old has now established himself as one of the south coast club's most consistent Premier League performers.
His fine form under the former tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino last season earned Schneiderlin a surprise call into France's World Cup squad for Brazil, initially being placed on the standby list before injury to another player resulted in his inclusion in Didier Deschamps's final 23.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of his fellow Frenchman, and came close to signing the youngster when he first joined Southampton six years ago. He's credited with an interest in bringing Schneiderlin to the Emirates Stadium again this summer, as he seeks a defensive midfield reinforcement to strengthen his team.
Arsenal have also been heavily linked with Real Madrid's World Cup winning midfielder Sami Khedira, but the Germany star's extravagant wage demands could price himself out of a move to north London.
Spurs have also been mentioned as a possible destination for Schneiderlin, a move that would see him follow former manager Pochettino to White Hart Lane.
However, neither Arsenal nor Tottenham are likely to meet Southampton's extravagant valuation of the player, having made it quite clear they will not be forced into selling.
Manchester United were made to pay over the odds for Shaw, who will likely be Louis van Gaal's first-choice left wing back this season, particularly after the sales of Alex Buttner and Patrice Evra.
Meanwhile, Liverpool forked out £25 million to sign ex-Saints captain Adam Lallana, and are also reportedly about to shell out £20 million for Croatian defender Dejan Lovren.
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