English Premier League (EPL) clubs Manchester United and Leicester City could be in for a swap deal for Morgan Schneiderlin and Danny Drinkwater. The current English champions will only sell their prized midfielder if they get the France international in the deal.
Drinkwater, who left United in 2012 for the Foxes has been recently tipped with a return. United manager Jose Mourinho could be tempted to accept such a deal as the Portuguese manager is yet to start Schneiderlin in any of his four appearances in the season until now, as reported by Steve Bates of Mirror.
Drinkwater was an integral part of the Leicester team which won the Premier League title last season. Despite his team not doing as well this season, the player has stood out as one of the few good players who are still performing well. The Foxes suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of United on Saturday, but the player played well, as was reported by John Bennett of BBC.
@bowldova Agreed. He needs a Drinkwater and Drinkwater (who was good today) needs a Kante.
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) September 24, 2016
The 26-year-old midfielder is presently valued at around $26 million by Leicester. United’s Schneiderlin may not be valued at that region anymore after failing to make his presence felt at Old Trafford until now. However, it has to be noted that the player arrived to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window of 2015 for a fee of around $32.4 million, as reported by transfermark.com.
Meanwhile, Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri has recently stated that the club has no intention of selling Drinkwater despite an interest from United. The player’s contract has no release clauses associated with it and the club will do everything to keep hold of the former United youth academy star, according to Sky Sports.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) September 22, 2016
Here is a comparison between Schneiderlin and Drinkwater based on their performances in 2015/15 season, according to Squawka.
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