Man Utd agree deal to sign Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin is set to be the latest addition to the Manchester United squad after a fee was finally agreed with Southampton for the transfer of the 25-year-old midfielder.
Southampton officials were bemused by the delay in a move that they had given the green light to several weeks ago, with United's failure to make a strong second bid for Schneiderlin after their first offer was accepts a confusing twist in this transfer tale.
Schneiderlin had been granted the opportunity to join one of the top Premier League clubs after he was told he could not leave Southampton last year, with an agreement struck between the player and the club that they would not stand in his way this summer.
Arsenal and United had both registered an interest in signing French international Schneiderlin, but he was always keen to make the move to Old Trafford despite reports that he favoured a move to London.
Southampton were keen to ensure that they had a replacement in position before they allowed Schneiderlin to leave, with Feyenoord's Jordy Clasie believed to be close to agreeing a deal to move to the Premier League club.
United's success in landing Schneiderlin ahead of Arsenal is a coup, as Gunner boss Arsene Wenger is believed to have presented a strong case to his compatriot to make the move to be part of his squad.
Yet even after United announced the signing of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich on Saturday, Schneiderlin felt he could play a key role in Louis van Gaal's plans for the coming season.
He leaves Southampton with the best wishes of the club, after acting professionally in the last year despite being denied the chance to make a big-money move ahead of last season.
Now he gets his chance to confirm he has the class to make his mark with one of the true giants of the world game, with his first match for United possibly coming against Club America in Seattle on Friday.
Schneiderlin's arrival comes after a stunning few days of progress for United in the transfer market, with Schweinsteiger being joined by Italy defender Matteo Darmian in a revamped squad being assembled by Van Gaal.