It was reported last week that a £19m bid from Everton for the Frenchman, who hasn’t made a Premier League appearance under Jose Mourinho this season, had been rejected by Man United.
The 53-year-old, speaking ahead of United’s 4-0 win over Reading, confirmed that he would let the midfielder leave for the right price, insisting that no suitable offer had arrived so far.
And according to the Mail Online‘s Rob Draper, Mourinho will not accept any bid below the region of £20m.
In a transfer world now completely devoid of any objective value, one can understand why Mourinho would want more than £19m for the Frenchman.
We live in a world where Crystal Palace happily shell out £26.5m for Christian Benteke; Manchester City brought in John Stones, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus for a combined £118.5m over the summer.
With that in mind, you sense that Mourinho could ask for far more than £20m for the Frenchman – a man who has, for both Southampton and United, demonstrated a capacity to thrive at the core of a Premier League midfield battle.