Feyenoord have announced that midfielder Jordy Clasie will not feature in their upcoming friendly matches as there is “concrete interest” for him from another club, believed to be Southampton.
If true, Morgan Schneiderlin could be clear to join Manchester United as Clasie will be seen as a direct replacement for him.
Clasie enjoyed a fine campaign in the Eredivisie this season and he has previously worked with Saints boss Ronald Koeman.
Feyenoord’s official Twitter account confirmed that the Dutchman will play no part in their pre-season friendlies while negotiations continue.
“Jordy Clasie will not play against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday. The reason is that concrete interest has been shown for the captain from another club,” they said.
“The club and player have therefore agreed that he will not play as long as talks on a possible transfer are ongoing.”
Schneiderlin was also left out of Southampton’s pre-season friendly against Valencia on Saturday.
All signs are pointing to the Frenchman joining United, which will delight the Old Trafford faithful. Having already secured the signature of Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, United could line up with a formidable midfield when the new Premier League season kicks off in August.