Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has all but confirmed that Morgan Schneiderlin will depart for Everton in the January transfer window.
“No details, but before the match (United’s League Cup win over Hull) I was informed by Mr Woodward that the situation is close. So, Morgan is more than probably going to Everton,” said Mourinho.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been less than a footnote in Jose Mourinho’s opening six months at the club, spending just 11 minutes on the pitch in the Premier League from three late cameos off the bench.
Schneiderlin’s discontent with his fall in the pecking order at the club drew attention from other Premier League clubs such as West Brom, who have had a bid rejected. Reports are suggesting that West Brom haven’t given up hope on signing the midfielder and will attempt to lure him to the club by making him their highest-paid player.
If everything goes to plan for Ronald Koeman, then he will be adding a familiar face to his midfield ranks. The Frenchman played under Koeman at Southampton in the 2014-15 season before moving to Manchester United for £30 million in July 2015.
Schneiderlin enters the fold at Everton as immediate cover for Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who will be unavailable for The Toffees for roughly three to four weeks while playing in the African Cup of Nations.
The French midfielder could be in for a baptism of fire depending on the speed of the transfer, as Everton face a massive challenge when the Premier League returns this weekend: a visit from Manchester City at Goodison Park.