Report: Southampton reject £20m offer for Manchester United-linked Morgan Schneiderlin

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Southampton have reportedly rejected Manchester United's opening bid of £20m for Morgan Schneiderlin.

According to The Independent, Manchester United have made an opening bid of £20 million for Morgan Schneiderlin, as they step up their pursuit of the Frenchman. It is understood that the Saints have rejected the offer, leaving the Red Devils to weigh up their next move. 

Schneiderlin has attracted considerable interest from Old Trafford throughout the past few weeks, with Louis van Gaal eager to add to his midfield options. The 25-year-old, a highly competent box-to-box operator, would be a fine addition to the Dutchman's rejuvenated side.

It is understood that the Saints value the 25-year-old closer to £25 million - a price Louis van Gaal must now decide if he is willing to pay. However, the Red Devils will continue to face competition from Arsenal and Tottenham - as per the Daily Star - for the player who was among the stand-out performers as Ronald Koeman's side finished an unlikely seventh in the Premier League last season.

The Frenchman's influence at St Mary's cannot be underestimated. Indeed, the club have performed better with Schneiderlin in the first-team line-up than out of it. Ronald Koeman’s side won 54.2% of the 24 league matches the midfielder started last season, compared to just 36.4% of the 11 domestic games played without him. 

Last term he recorded his best top-flight goal tally to date, scoring on four occasions. He also fashioned 20 key passes (including one assist), while weighing in with more tackles than any other Southampton player. His proven ability in possession, and his impressive passing efficiency - he completed 89% of his attempts to find a teammate last season - makes him a perfect fit for Manchester United. 

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