According to Jamie Jackson of the Guardian, Manchester United are poised to make a second bid for Morgan Schneiderlin after Southampton rejected an opening offer of around £20 million for the midfielder.
It was reported on Friday that Southampton are eager to clarify Morgan Schneiderlin’s future ahead of their pre-season preparations in Austria. We also told you negotiations were still ongoing and that a Champions League clause was being demanded by the Saints.
Louis van Gaal clearly wants to add the France international to his squad to bolster midfield options. Aged 25, Schneiderlin could add more consistency than Michael Carrick, whose absences cost United greatly last season.
Jackson’s report also suggests van Gaal has been told by Ed Woodward that United must be serious challengers next season which is no surprise with the club looking to reach heights of the past, under Sir Alex Ferguson, again.
This demand is not only imposed by Woodward but by pretty much everyone involved at United. We reached our ambitions last season by securing a spot in the top four but now it’s time to get a step further.
The squad is not ready to win the league yet but it’s capable of challenging and making Chelsea sweat at the collar. Although to meet this demand, van Gaal needs to strenghten his squad with at least one holding midfielder, a right-back and a striker, should Robin van Persie depart.
Southampton are allegedly looking for £25 million before permitting the sale of Schneiderlin which is not a lot considering he’s a player with so much talent yet time on his side to improve.