Louis van Gaal has highlighted Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin as one of the players he would like to buy this summer. United have already had a £20m bid rejected but haven’t followed that up with a second offer.

United’s first pre-season match is less than a week away so if United want Schneiderlin, they should get the transfer wrapped up sooner rather than later.

Southampton’s manager, Ronaldo Koeman, has claimed the first offer wasn’t “serious” but that the club are prepared to sell the midfielder at the right price.

Every player has his price and we have a good experience of selling players. If there is interest in Morgan Schneiderlin, then okay, but it has to be at a price that the club wants. He is one of the key players of our team. He is an international player. But I don’t think that is a problem for Man United. Two weeks ago we had a bid from Manchester United. It wasn’t enough. It wasn’t serious. And no more bids up to today. I know the situation. I spoke a lot with Morgan. Last season we said stop all this business with Morgan because we are not selling any more players. That was difficult but he came back after a few days with good motivation and he had a great season. But we know the situation. There is a lot of interest in the player. With a club like Man United, we know it is difficult to keep the player. If they pay, okay, he can make the transfer. But I hope if there is any business that it’s soon, because that’s best for the player and for us. It is important for the player to do a good pre-season. We have to prepare for what we’d have to do if we sell the player. We will see what happens in the next few days. I don’t talk about money, about numbers. It’s not my business. It’s up to the club.