Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin prefers Arsenal over Manchester UnitedGetty

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has set his heart on joining Arsenal in the summer transfer window, according to the Sunday Times.

The 25-year-old has already expressed his desire to leave the south coast club. He has been a transfer target for Manchester United as Louis van Gaal believes his addition could strengthen the Red Devils' midfield.

United have already seen a bid of £20m ($31.1m) rejected by the Saints, reports the Telegraph. Southampton value Schneiderlin around £25m ($39m) and the potential suitors need to match their asking price.

The France international has long been a transfer target for the Gunners as Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of his compatriot. However, the emergence of Francis Coquelin in the second half of the 2014/15 season has forced the Arsenal manager to consider his side's decision in signing the Saints star.

Schneiderlin prefers a move to the north London club over United as he feels the Gunners' style of play will suit him. In addition to this, he has also informed his friends he prefers to play under Wenger at the Emirates than under the Dutchman at United.

Despite the Frenchman's desire to join Arsenal, Schneiderlin is not against making a switch to Old Trafford. It is just that United are his second choice, behind the FA Cup winners.

Wenger has already rejected a chance to sign him this summer. In addition to this, the Daily Mail claims the Southampton midfielder's asking price of £25m ($39m) has forced Arsenal to reconsider their desire to bring him to the Emirates.

The Guardian reports United are set to place a second bid for Schneiderlin as Van Gaal wants the midfielder to be a part of his pre-season squad. The Red Devils are set to depart to the United States on 13 July.

United have so far signed Memphis Depay as the Dutch international arrived at Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven after the two clubs agreed a deal earlier in May.