According to various outlets, Morgan Schneiderlin is finally on his way to Everton as Manchester United have accepted a bid from the Merseyside club. Amongst others, BBC Sport have reported that the offer from Ronald Koeman’s side of £22m has done enough to convince Jose Mourinho and the club’s board to release Schneiderlin barely eighteen months after signing him from Southampton.
The Frenchman, bought during the summer of 2015 ahead of Louis van Gaal’s second season at the club never truly solidified himself as a first choice option in United’s midfield, and Mourinho didn’t start him in one single Premier League game. As such, the time feels right for the former Saints midfielder to move on, with Koeman clearly keen to reunite with his former charge.
It marks something of a change in tact from United, who have a penchant for letting unwanted players go on the cheap. Quite what has prompted this desire to eek more out of clubs who wish to sign Mourinho’s players is unclear, but United stand to recoup the majority of the £25m that they paid for Schneiderlin in 2015.