Manchester United are about to make a second bid for Morgan Schneiderlin after Southampton rejected an opening offer of around £20m for the midfielder, according to The Guardian.
Southampton are determined to get £30 million for the regista but the Red Devils believe they can complete the deal for £25 m.
Arsenal were also in the race to sign the Schneiderlin, but appear to have pulled out after discovering the France international’s wage demands.
Louis van Gaal is keen to add the Frenchman to his squad before the club fly out for the summer tour of the United States on 13 July.
That leaves United only 9 days to complete the deal before landing in Seattle to start the four-game trip, and they are encouraged by Schneiderlin being keen to join as soon as possible.
Van Gaal is determined to avoid another poor start to the season, after last term’s yield of only 13 points from the opening 10 matches, and also has a Champions League final qualification knockout round to negotiate to enter the group stage, to be played over two legs in mid-August, the first leg of which is after two league games.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told the Dutch manager to seriously challenge for the title next season and believe getting the Frenchman would help them to achieve this goal.
United have signed only one player in this window in the form of Dutch winger Memphis Depay who was the top scorer in Eridivisie with the champions PSV.
But later the Red Devils saw their key targets Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne snatched by bitter rivals Liverpool.
Manchester United have been linked with big players like Sergio Ramos, Arda Turan and Bastian Schweinsteiger in this window.
But with the League starting on August 8th with a home fixture against Spurs, they will look to act quickly in the market to sign their targets.
Although, Southampton hope to sell Schneiderlin for around £30 m, United believe they can acquire the 25-year-old for a fee of closer to £25m. If the south coast club continue to resist, Schneiderlin could consider direct action.
Last summer he tweeted his outrage when Southampton refused to sell him to any interested parties, halting a move to Tottenham. The player, who can operate in a holding role or as a more dynamic midfielder, admitted considering going on strike.