Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier expects Morgan Schneiderlin to leave the South coast club this summer and believes Manchester United is the most likely destination.
Reports this week from France this week said Man United were closer to a move for Schneiderlin than Arsenal and although they have been bastardised by certain outlets to suggest a deal has already been agreed, at this stage it has not.
Schneiderlin wanted to leave Southampton last summer but wasn’t allowed to follow so many team-mates out of the club but looking at this transfer window, Le Tissier has conceded his exit is almost inevitable.
“It’s probably more likely that he’ll leave than stay,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.
“The big question is whether a top-four side meets his valuation.
“Out of those sides it is Manchester United that need him most as they still require strengthening in that position.
“Schneiderlin is the sort of player they should be looking for, having proven over the last few seasons that he can mix it with the top sides.
“It sounds like they’ve been looking at Schweinsteiger but if they don’t get him then Schneiderlin becomes their number one target.”
“We paid about £1million for him back in 2008 so with a couple of promotions and another decent transfer fee it certainly represents another good return.
“I think Southampton have always been fair with players and not stood in their way when bigger clubs have met their valuation, which was shown last summer.
“Schneiderlin’s case last summer was under exceptional circumstances as so many players had already left.”
On paper, Schneiderlin is the perfect No.6 type signing which Louis van Gaal has already made it clear he wants to bring to Man United this year.
United fans are therefore trying to remain pessimistic about signing Schneiderlin because more often than not (in recent years) when a player has looked perfect for the club, we haven’t signed them.
Hopefully this proves to be a different scenario because Schneiderlin is Premier League proven and a top quality midfielder who fits perfectly into the Michael Carrick mould.