Manchester United have refused to make an improved offer for Morgan Schneiderlin after their opening bid was rejected ten days ago, reports Sky Sports.
It was reported earlier this week that the France international was very close to becoming a Manchester United player, but they have since proven to be premature.
Instead it seems that both Southampton and the Red Devils have met an impasse in negotiations, leaving Old Trafford officials with little other choice but to suspend their interest.
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Their initial offer was launched on June 20 and fell short of Southampton's £25m asking price, but it seems Louis van Gaal is unwilling to meet those demands.
Schneiderlin, 25, is widely expected to leave St Mary's this summer and has been linked with a move to both Tottenham and Arsenal.
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It was the Gunners who appeared favourites to sign him earlier this year, but the emergence of Francis Coquelin has forced Arsene Wenger to re-evaluate his transfer priorities.
However, having completed a deal for Chelsea's Petr Cech yesterday, Arsenal could now move forward with an offer for the France international.
Similarly, it looks as though United's priorities lie elsewhere for the time being. They are currently discussing two separate transfers with Real Madrid and may not have the resources to discuss a deal with the Saints.
Sergio Ramos is now the No.1 target for Manchester United while Real Madrid are working hard to sign David de Gea. The idea of a swap deal is already out of the window so those talks are likely to take some time.
Long summer ahead
Of course, the transfer window is yet to officially open and there is still over two months for deals to happen. Pre-season for most clubs starts next weeks and deals will be easier to strike when players are not strewn across the globe enjoying well-earned breaks at the most exclusive beach resorts.
Southampton can fully expect to see Schneiderlin depart for one of their Premier League rivals at some points and Manchester United are very capable of meeting their demands.
However, should they take too much time then they risk missing out to the Gunners, who must still retain an interest in the midfielder.
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