Morgan Schneiderlin finally looks set to complete his long-rumoured transfer to Everton after Manchester United accepted the club’s £22million bid for the French midfielder.
Schneiderlin arrived at Manchester United ahead of the 2015-16 season after an impressive spell at Southampton, where he established himself as one of the Premier League’s most in-demand midfielders. The Frenchman was a long-term target for then manager Louis van Gaal, but failed to break into the Dutchman’s teams with any real authority.
The France international’s struggles continued when Van Gaal was replaced by current United manager Jose Mourinho in the off-season, playing just 11 Premier League minutes under the new boss.
Schneiderlin was consigned to Europa League duties to try and force his way back into Mourinho’s Premier League plans but failed to sufficiently impress to usurp regular midfielders Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick, with even Marouane Fellaini above him in the United pecking order.
Starved of first-team football, Schneiderlin asked Mourinho to leave United, prompting intense interest from Everton and West Bromwich Albion.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has seemingly won the bidding war, matching United’s valuation of the midfielder at £22m. The deal will see Koeman link up with Schneiderlin once again after the duo worked together at Southampton before the latter departed for Old Trafford.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed the club had accepted Everton’s offer after the club’s 2-0 win over Hull in the EFL Cup semi final first leg.
— UtdHQ (@UtdHQ) January 10, 2017