Man United’s move for Arsenal-linked ace looks ‘done’ – ex-star

Manchester United are on the verge of sealing a deal for Morgan Schneiderlin, according to former Red Devil Rio Ferdinand who has claimed that the switch “looks like it’s going to be done”.

The Frenchman shone for Southampton last term, paying a regular role in Ronald Koeman’s midfield as the Saints secured Europa League qualification.

Recent reports have claimed that Arsenal have revived their long-term interest in Schneiderlin, but it has been suggested that United are leading the race for the deep-lying playmaker.

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And Ferdinand has backed up these claims by revealing that he thinks the deal is almost “done”:

“£20-something million, it looks like it’s going to be done,” he is quoted by Metro.

“He’s a player who could add something to United, a bit of steel, can pass the ball and play it through the lines from back to front.

“I think he’s a good player, a good addition to the squad, especially if someone like [Michael] Carrick, who is so influential for United, gets injured.

“I think this guy can step in and help buffer that. I think he’s a very good, talented player.’

A switch to United could appeal to Schneiderlin, who has already revealed that he’s eager to play Champions League football – which Louis van Gaal can offer, albeit a potentially tricky qualification tie awaits after a fourth-place finish last season.

Should the midfielder leave he’ll be the second high-profile player to depart Southampton in recent times, with Nathaniel Clyne having joined Liverpool.