manuFrance international midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin became Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal’s fourth signing of the close season when he joined Manchester United from English Premier League rivals Southampton on Monday.

The 25-year-old — who joined Southampton from French side Strasbourg for just 1.5million euros (£1.2million) in 2008 — signed a four year contract with United.

Schneiderlin has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and it had been reported United had a bid in the region of £20 million ($31.2 million, 28 million euros) rejected up to two weeks ago.

Schneiderlin, who played for France at last year’s World Cup finals after being a pivotal figure in the Saints establishing themselves as a competitive side in the Premier League, said while he had loved his time at Southampton it had been an easy decision for him to make once he heard United were interested.

“I am delighted to be a Manchester United player. Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make,” said Schneiderlin, who was at one point linked with a move to Arsenal.

“I have enjoyed seven very happy years with Southampton and it’s a club that will always be in my heart.

“But the chance to be part of this squad to help this great club be successful was too good to miss.”

He is United’s second headline signing on Monday as German international captain Bastian Schweinsteiger completed his transfer earlier on Monday on a three year contract ending a glory-filled 17 year stay at German champions Bayern Munich.

The arrivals of Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin continue United’s bold buying spree in the close season following earlier deals for Dutch international Memphis Depay and Torino defender Matteo Darmian. – Agence France-Presse

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