Manchester United are ready to battle Arsenal and Tottenham for Morgan Schneiderlin as Louis van Gaal looks to replace Michael Carrick, reports The Mirror.
The Southampton midfielder has been pursued by both Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino since the summer but they have been unable to negotiate a reduction in Southampton's £27 million asking price.
Arsenal are now ready to pay the full asking price but may have to wait until the summer do to so. Wenger was reportedly handed just £20 million by the Arsenal board for January transfers with the priority being a new central defender.
However, the summer may be too late for the Gunners to land the France international as Manchester United are ready to throw their hat into the ring. The Red Devils have the funds to blow their north London rivals out of the water making them instant favourites to land Schneiderlin.
Van Gaal's sudden interest in Schneiderlin comes as result of concerns regarding Carrick. The former England international turns 34-years-old later this year and has just six months to run on his £130,000-a-week contract.
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Carrick could yet agree a one-year extension but Schneiderlin, 25, is seen as a long-term replacement for the the midfielder, who has been key to balancing the defence at Old Trafford this season.
Schneiderlin had asked to leave St Mary's in the summer but a mass exodus of first team stars was stopped dead before he was allowed to leave. But now fears of relegation from the Premier League have been dismissed, Southampton chiefs could be tempted by a big offer.
Should Arsenal miss out on Schneiderlin they could move for another Southampton star in Victor Wanyama, who has also caught the eye of Arsene Wenger.