Manchester United appeared to have a deal to sign midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin sewn up, with reports that they had agreed terms with the French star.
It was claimed that United were in the process of agreeing a fee with Southampton to complete the deal but things have gone quiet after a bid of £20m was rejected by the south coast club.
Many papers claimed that Southampton were holding out for £25m from United, leaving United fans baffled as to why the club had started negotiations so low.
But today The Guardian are reporting that Southampton value Schneiderlin at a whopping £27m, meaning United were £7m short of Southampton’s estimation.
Having already dismissed Manchester United’s opening bid as ‘not serious’, manager Ronald Koeman had further words about United’s move for his star midfielder, in essence saying that United can have hm but only if they are willing to pay the price the Saints have set:
“Last season we sold some players, and if there is interest in Morgan then OK. But it has to be at the price the club wants. He is one of the key players or our team, an international player. And I don’t think is a problem for Manchester United.”
He later added:
“We know the situation now. There is a lot of interest in the player. With a club like United, we know it’s difficult to keep the player. But if they pay, then OK, we can make the transfer.”
£27m for Schneiderlin does seem excessive, and is likely the only stumbling block in the 25 year old’s move to Old Trafford.
United seem unlikely to be held to ransom and will perhaps turn their attention elsewhere, to Southampton’s delight, if they can’t get Koeman’s club to lower their asking price.