One of the longest running transfer saga has been put to bed as Manchester United have agreed a £24million transfer for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin. The French midfielder was a prime target for both Arsenal and Tottenham.

Daily Star reporter Jeremy Cross has broken the newswhere he claims Southampton have agreed a transfer fee with Manchester United which at first is expected to be around £20million and will go as high as £24million with subject to appearance and achievements.

The official anouncement is expected to be made next week when the Transfer Window is officially open. Schneiderlin becomes United’s second summer signing after Memphis Depay.

Manchester United have found it tough to accommodate a solid midfield player since Paul Scholes left the scene. Apart from Michael Carrick, there is no one skilled enough who can win balls at ease and spread the play for their forwards.

Keeping Carrick’s age in mind, Manchester United needed a player like Schneiderlin who has excelled in the Premier League with Southampton in last few seasons. Another target for the Red Devils for the same position was German World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger.

However, Schweinsteiger is already 30-years old and does not have too many seasons left under his belt. Schneiderlin, 25 not only had the edge over Schweinsteiger in terms of age but also in terms of recent performances.

Schweinsteiger has been left to rot on the bench by his manager Pep Guardiola and favor Xabi Alonso in that role.

Arsenal backed away from the race allowing United to make a swoop for Schneiderlin as Arsene Wenger has seen the emergence of Francis Coquelin and decided to stay with the youngster instead of buying the £24million rated Morgan Schneiderlin.

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