Morgan Schneiderlin looks set to depart Manchester United as Everton have been holding advanced talks with the Frenchman over the last few days. Signed from Southampton for £25 million by former boss Louis Van Gaal, Schneiderlin looks set to join Ronald Koeman’s revolution at Goodison Park for £19 million with an additional £3 million available as performance related bonuses. United are likely to be extremely happy with the outcome, as they will not have to face a heavy loss on a player who does not figure in the plans of manager José Mourinho.
One of the key reasons for United holding out for this transfer fee would be Schneiderlin’s contract, which does not expire until the summer of 2019. It places the club in a slightly advantageous position. It is expected that the transfer will be completed in the next few days. Ronald Koeman made his interest in Schneiderlin public a few weeks ago, and it is not a surprise that they have been able to become favourites for his signature amidst interest from clubs like Tottenham.
Spurs tried to sign Schneiderlin in the summer only for United to reject the deal. Mourinho may have predicted Spurs as being much more of a challenge to United’s position in the league table rather than Everton. Even though Mourinho admits that selling a player to a rival is not a factor, he is likely to be worried about Tottenham deep down. Schneiderlin is a player who can improve any team, and he will just be disappointed not to get enough first-team opportunities at United to prove himself.
He made 39 appearances in his first campaign at Old Trafford and scored one goal. However, he has featured in only eight games so far and most were as a substitute. He is yet to start a league match this season. Only a few days ago, Mourinho admitted that Schneiderlin was an excellent professional who has not complained about his lack of first-team opportunities and has just carried on with the job. This professional attitude is one of the main reasons for Koeman showing interest.