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Ronald Koeman: Manchester United haven't made a serious bid for Morgan Schneiderlin

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has claimed the club are still waiting for Manchester United to make a "serious bid" for their want-away midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who returned to the south coast club to report for the first day of pre-season training ahead of the 2015/16 campaign on Monday.

The France international has been heavily linked with a move away from St Mary's during the forthcoming transfer window, with the Daily Mirror reporting that north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both also interested in acquiring the 25-year-old's signature.

With a valuation of £25 million Saints are yet to receive an offer they deem acceptable for the former Strasbourg starlet, but are open to the prospect of cashing in on the player should one of his suitors meet their asking price.

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Arsene Wenger has long been linked with the Southampton man - even before he moved to England as a promising 18-year-old - but the recent rise of Francis Coquelin at the Emirates Stadium has forced the frugal Frenchman to reconsider whether he actually needs to recruit another defensive midfielder.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino - who knows Schneiderlin well from his time in charge at Saints - is keen to be reunited with the player at White Hart Lane, but the fact he is unable to offer him Champions League football could be a sticking point.

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As for Louis van Gaal, he is also on the lookout for a player to provide competition for Michael Carrick and Daley Blind in front of Manchester United's back four, and is now believed to be the favourite to secure Schneiderlin's services after some bookmakers suspended betting on the enforcer moving to Old Trafford.

However, as it stands the in-demand star will continue training with the Hampshire-based outfit until the Red Devils, Spurs or the Gunners firm up their alleged interest with a concrete bid.

"We have the situation with Morgan Schneiderlin, we will have to wait what will happen," explained Koeman in an interview with Southampton's official YouTube channel. "Until now, we have not a serious bid for him from Man United.

"We will wait, but OK – that’s business that normally starts from now. It’s no problem – it’s the first day.

"We have the experience from last season – it will be not the same this season, but we are prepared for everything. I am looking forward for another good season."

You can watch Ronald Koeman's first interview ahead of the 2015/16 campaign in full in the video above or skip forward to 12min 15secs if you want to listen to the Dutch coach talking specifically about Morgan Schneiderlin...

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