Morgan Schneiderlin has made it clear in his latest public utterances that he is about to leave Southampton for a club that can offer Champions League football. Speaking on French radio the 25 year old, who has been strongly linked with a move to North London, said:
“Yes, I think my decision is made,” he told the French radio station RMC.
“I learned a lot last season. The goal is to stay in England. It is a championship that I like and where I have a lot of fun. If I leave Southampton, it is for a club that plays better than the Europa League.
“There are ongoing discussions but nothing is done. But of course the Champions League is my goal. If I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League.
“I have a two-year contract. If a club pays the right amount for me, it will be time to leave.
“The amount? I have no idea but I will not leave for a small price. Southampton is known to be a good seller club, the price should be high enough.”
We are very surprised that Manchester United haven’t had a nibble for this guy yet. They clearly need to strengthen in the engine room and other potential signings in this area seem laden with obstacles. Paul Pogba would cost a fortune and everyone wants him. Kevin Strootman would be ideal but represents a real gamble, considering his fitness. Likewise Ilkay Gundogan has a record of long-term injuries and may not have the physical presence required to make a real imprint on this league.
At 25, Schneiderlin has been one of the very best midfielders in the league for the last two years. He’s physically powerful, an intelligent reader of the game and a player with super technique. He’s very similar to Michael Carrick in many ways and we feel that he would be a fantastic signing for Manchester United.
They may well be making moves behind the scenes but, at £25m, this guy seems too good for an elite English club to pass up on. Whoever signs Schneidelrin will do extremely well to buy a better player this summer.
He’s exactly what Manchester United needs and we would be surprised if no move was made for the lad.
Let’s see him in action. Manchester United fans: worth a nibble?