Manchester United are ready to rival Arsenal for the £25 million signature of Morgan Schneiderlin after Louis van Gaal identified the Southampton midfielder as viable alternative to Michael Carrick at Old Trafford.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils boss has set his sights on luring the France international to the Theatre of Dreams and is ready to meet the south coast club's valuation.
Schneiderlin has been a stand-out performer at St Mary's for the past few years, but was denied an opportunity to move on during Saints' fire-sale in the aftermath of Mauricio Pochettino's defection to Tottenham Hotspur last summer.
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Despite the 25-year-old's initial anger he was eventually won over by Ronald Koeman and has gone on to enjoy his best season to-date, since arriving in England in 2008 from Strasbourg in a £1.2 million deal.
Arsene Wenger has long been linked with a move for Schneiderlin, and was even sniffing around the midfielder when Southampton first purchased him seven years ago.
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The Gunners chief had been expected to renew attempts to take the player to the Emirates Stadium when the transfer window reopens, but the recent rise of Francis Coquelin during the second half of 2014/15 might've made the typically frugal Frenchman question whether he needed to splash so much money on a defensive midfielder ahead of the new campaign.
Regardless, it now looks as though Arsenal will miss out on their man altogether as Schneiderlin edges towards a high-profile switch to Manchester United where he can fulfil his ambition of competing in the Champions League.
Less than 12 months ago the Premier League giants paid £32 million to take Luke Shaw from the Hampshire-based outfit, and now Schneiderlin could be about to follow his former Saints team-mate to the North West.
The 2014 World Cup participant has also attracted admiring glances from Spain and Italy with Juventus and Atletico Madrid both monitoring the situation closely, but it's understood the player would prefer to remain in England's top-flight, where he has established himself as one of the most complete central midfielders in the entire division.
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