Everton are showing genuine interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Schneiderlin joined Manchester United from Southampton in July 2015, for a fee of £24 million, which could further rise up to £27 million with add-ons. The Frenchman signed a four-year contract with the Red Devils, with an option of a one-year extension.
However, the 26-year-old failed to establish himself as the first-choice central midfielder under Louis van Gaal, due to the presence of other midfielders like Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, and even the striker-turned-midfielder Wayne Rooney.
The France international, who’s currently representing his country at Euro 2016, played 29 games for the Red Devils in the Premier League last season – including 25 starts and 4 substitute appearances – in which he won 50 tackles and 19 headed duels, whilst maintaining a pass accuracy of 89%.
He also managed to score one Premier League goal last term, which came in United’s 3-0 win over Everton – the club he is now being heavily linked with.
As per De Telegraaf, Everton’s brand new manager Ronald Koeman is looking to bring Morgan Schneiderlin to Goodison Park. Koeman has previously worked with the midfielder in the 2014-15 season – Schneiderlin’s final year at Southampton.
The Toffees are willing to offer £20 million for Schneiderlin’s services, as Koeman is keen to make the player his first marquee signing at his new club.
However, as per Manchester Evening News, new United boss Jose Mourinho has absolutely no intention of selling the defensive midfielder.
The player that Mourinho might get ready to sell, however, is Juan Mata. The Special One was previously responsible for Juan Mata’s move from Chelsea to Manchester United back in January 2014, and he may yet again be the reason behind the Spanish playmaker changing clubs.
Everton will reportedly try to sign Mata if they fail to land Schneiderlin, but this move also seems unlikely, due to French Champions Paris Saint Germain, as well as Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia interested in Mata’s services.