Manchester United have accepted Everton’s latest improved bid for midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, as per numerous reports in England.
Schneiderlin left Southampton to join Manchester United back in the summer of 2015, for a fee believed to be around £24 million.
Under Louis van Gaal’s management, the Frenchman established himself as an important member of the Reds’ midfield – or ‘schmidfield,’ as the United faithful called it – alongside German maestro Bastian Schweinsteiger. But things went downhill for both the midfielders upon the arrival of Jose Mourinho, and the duo has barely featured for the Red Devils this season.
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Schneiderlin, who has played just 11 minutes of Premier League football for United this campaign, has been given the green signal to leave the Theatre of Dreams by Mourinho himself. And now, it looks like the 27-year-old has found a club where he will receive guaranteed as well as regular first team opportunities, in the form of Everton.
The Toffees have been linked with a move for the France international for quite a while, with reports claiming Everton boss Ronald Koeman even made an offer worth £19m at the start of January, which was rejected by United for not being big enough.
However, the Merseyside outfit have now returned with an improved offer within the range of £22m, which could further rise up to £24m with bonuses and performance related add-ons.
This improved bid has reportedly been accepted by the Old Trafford club, and the deal is now believed to be in its closing stages. Schneiderlin will soon be cleared to have his medical at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground, as Koeman and co. hope to officially announce the signing within the next 48 hours.