English Premier League (EPL) club Everton are preparing an improved bid for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. French Ligue 1 side Marseille are also reportedly interested in signing the Frenchman.
United rejected an earlier transfer bid of $23 million proposed by The Toffees. Another Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion also had a bid of $16m rejected earlier.
The Red Devils want to recoup most of the $29 million they paid for Schneiderlin when they bought him from Southampton in 2015, as reported by Sky Sports.
Ronald Koeman, Everton manager will lose midfielder Idrissa Gueye. The Senegal international will go away later in January for the Africa Cup of Nations. With James McCarthy struggling with injury issues, Schneiderlin will provide the perfect replacement to the Dutchman in midfield.
“He’s the type of player Everton are looking for to enhance the squad. He’s gone to United, and not really had the playing time that he would have liked to have got.” Alan Stubbs, former Everton defender said to Premier League Daily.
Meanwhile, Frank McCourt, new Marseille majority shareholder has vowed to back manager Rudi Garcia and heavily invest in the squad. The French club wants to get back to the top of Ligue 1 once again and challenge the likes of Paris St Germain and Monaco, according to The Sun.
Marseille are eyeing the Schneiderlin move as a real statement of intent. The Ligue 1 club are not detracted by the $29m valuation of the player by United.
“He’s at that age now where you want to be playing regular football, he wants to get out. Whoever gets him, it is a very good signing.” Ray Parlour, Sky Sports pundit said.
The 27-year-old Schneiderlin has featured in only three Premier League games under Jose Mourinho for United this season. The Portuguese gaffer has previously mentioned that the Frenchman is free to leave Old Trafford.
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