Manchester United have been informed by Southampton manager Ronald Koeman that Morgan Schneiderlin will not be allowed to leave the club unless the Red Devils meet their valuation of the player, which is reportedly believed to be around the £27m ($42.1m) mark.
According to the Guardian, the south coast club are resigned to losing the midfielder during the summer, and have already turned down a bid of £20m ($31.1m). The Saints are yet to receive a second offer from the 20-times English champions, but are adamant that it has to meet their demands.
It is almost a similar situation from last season, when Liverpool raided the club to sign Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren, while United signed Luke Shaw and Arsenal captured the signature of Calum Chambers.
This campaign has already seen Nathaniel Clyne move to Merseyside, and Koeman feels that the club have the right to hold on to a player until they are satisfied and believes that it will not be a problem for United to meet the price set for the midfielder.
"Every player has his price and we have experience as a club of selling players," Koeman said, as quoted by the Guardian.
"Last season we sold some players, and if there is interest in Morgan then OK. But it has to be at the price the club wants. He is one of the key players or our team, an international player. And I don't think is a problem for Manchester United," the Dutchman added.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal were also said to be in the running for the French midfielder's signature, but with the emergence of Francis Coquelin and the hefty price demanded by the St Mary's outfit, the Gunners have reportedly dropped out of the race.
Southampton have already begun looking at replacements for Schneiderlin, who looks certain to leave the club this summer, and Koeman has confirmed that Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie is one of the options they are looking at to replace the French international.
"He's [Clasie] a good player, a young player and a Dutch international who is ready to make a step up and show his qualities at a higher level than we have in the Dutch league."
"He's growing in his leadership qualities too and, if Morgan goes, we'll need a player in that position. He is one of them [on the list of potential replacements]," the former Feyenoord manager added.