Manchester United have sent a delegation to Southampton in an attempt to seal a deal for Morgan Schneiderlin, reports The Mail.
It has been widely acknowledged that the Red Devils had a £20m bid rejected for the midfielder last week with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman later labelling it as not a "serious" offer.
Talks came to a standstill after that bid but Manchester United's executive vice chairman is now ready to try and push through a deal before the start of next week.
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Woodward is likely to meet Southampton's £27m asking price as Louis van Gaal has personally demanded that any deal for the Frenchman must be completed before United leave for their pre-season tour of North America on Monday.
Despite being one of the richest clubs in the world, the report states that an Old Trafford official was driven all the way from Manchester to St Mary's in a club vehicle armed with the task of returning with Schneiderlin in the passenger seat.
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A defensive midfielder seems to have been a priority for Van Gaal ever since he arrived at Manchester United, although Schneiderlin has only fallen on his radar in the last few weeks.
Prior to that, he was linked with big money moves for AS Roma's Kevin Strootman and Juventus star Arturo Vidal. However, when push came to shove, a man with Premier League experience and two healthy knees emerged as his top choice.
Schneiderlin is seen as a natural successor to Michael Carrick, who is still considered a key player under Van Gaal, but has struggled with his fitness over the last two years.
Seeing Schneiderlin move to Manchester United will come as a surprise for many Arsenal fans as they expected Arsene Wenger to jump at the chance to sign a quality defensive midfielder.
However, it seems the emergence of Francis Coquelin, coupled with Mikel Arteta's decision to extend his contract by another year, has convinced the Gunners boss that he has sufficient quality to challenge for the Premier League title.
Is Morgan Schneiderlin good enough to replace Michael Carrick?
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