If Morgan Schneiderlin is to leave Manchester United in this transfer window, they are determined to get a good price for him.
The French international midfielder is widely expected to leave Old Trafford this month having told manager José Mourinho that he wants to bring to an end his 18-month spell at the club, but his suitors will have to pay big if they want him.
Mourinho confirmed last week that Man United had rejected a bid, initially believed to be £18m but revised to £13m, from West Bromwich Albion, and on Tuesday both the Times and Telegraph reported that the club had turned down a £19m bid for Everton as it didn’t match their asking price.
Man Utd seeking £20m+ for Schneiderlin after rejecting Everton offer of around £19m
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Schneiderlin joined Man United from Southampton in a £24m deal in 2015, and despite failing to live up to expectations, his club are looking to recoup that same £24m investement for the 27-year-old.
Indeed, Schneiderlin hasn’t a played a single minute of first team football since his five-minute cameo against Arsenal on Novermber 19th, and has just started just three games in all competitions this season.
It is believed that Schneiderlin himself would prefer to join Everton (and reunite with former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman) over West Brom, but it is not known at this time whether or not they will return with a higher offer. They also have a keen interest in Memphis Depay, but Schneiderlin’s big asking price means that they Everton may now prioritise signing one rather than both.
Despite having a number of players who patently aren’t in Mourinho’s first team plans, there is no chance of a fire sale at the club.