Everton bid £40m for Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay – report

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have received a £40m bid from Everton for Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin according to reports from Italy.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Schneiderlin is free to leave in January if the right offer is received and having been out of favour all season so far, Memphis is another player he is unlikely to stand in the way of him leaving.

Everton themselves have been linked with a move for Memphis for some time and are expected to be active in January after the serious injury to Yannick Bolasie, so that makes sense on paper and Schneiderlin is somebody who would immediately strengthen their midfield.

But is £40m a good offer for United?

No, not at all. We spent far more than that on Schneiderlin and Memphis when we bought them in 2015 and although they haven’t gone on to have the best time at United, the market has inflated since then and that needs to be represented in players we sell. United have typically been awful in getting good prices for players we’re selling and that needs to change.

Let’s not forget Everton threw a hissy fit when we tried to get Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines in a double bid worth around £40m and then charged us £28.5m for Fellaini alone when that double bid fell through. It’s about time United stood firm and got the best price for any players who leave.

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