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Manchester United set to complete Morgan Schneiderlin transfer from Southampton

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Manchester United expect to buy Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton in the next few days, as they turn their attention from Bastian Schweinsteiger, and may come back with an improved second bid for Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

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The handsome and startling David McDonnell in the Mirror reports that Manchester United are set to complete a move for Southampton's midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The story goes on to say that Arsenal have lost interest since the average Francis Coquelin played well for three months, and that Bastian Schweinsteiger may well stay at Bayern Munich, hence United stepping up their move for Schneiderlin. Things are by no means guaranteed yet, but McDonnell is as reliable as you could hope for. You can read that story here.

The Manchester Evening News has a story that says that United will demand a record fee for a goalkeeper, for David de Gea, as Edward Woodward continues to negotiate with his balls, as well as his head. The article claims that United would be happy to let De Gea leave on a free at the end of next season rather than accept a substandard bid. This is much more acceptable than meekly accepting a low bid from Real Madrid, but it's still more than likely that this is part of negotiations, rather than a hard and final ruling on the matter. You can read that here. Also in the MEN is the story that Florentino Perez called Sergio Ramos in an attempt to persuade him to stay, here.

The Daily Mail is running a story that United will come back with a higher bid than their first £35 million offer for Sergio Ramos, and suggest that Ramos wants the matter solved in the next few weeks. United better get on with signing Nicolas Otamendi then, because it looks like some transfer negotiation rather than wish to join them. Also in the story is Wayne Rooney being convinced United can challenge for the league - maybe he knows that he's going to be replaced, if he's that confident. That's here.

And lastly, Andy Mitten has written on Memphis Depay, finding out what his countrymen think of him. You can read that on ESPNFC here.