It was confirmed earlier today that a £22m bid (rising to £24m with add-ons) from Everton – who had a £19m bid rejected last week – had been accepted.
Schneiderlin made a buoyant start to life at Old Trafford following his arrival in 2015, impressing many with his steel and energy at the base of midfield, but has failed to make a Premier League start under Mourinho.
The 53-year-old, speaking after Man United’s 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup semi-final first leg, noted that he would be sad to see the player go, whilst also claiming that a move to Goodison Park is exactly what Schneiderlin wants.
Jose on @SchneiderlinMo4 "Its almost there. I am sad + happy. Sad because I like him + he could be option. Happy because its what he wants"
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 10, 2017
One can hardly blame the Frenchman from wanting to move on. He has, almost since day one under Mourinho, been a peripheral, unsettled figure, reduced to the occasional appearance off the bench, with his only 90 minute stint occurring during a 1-0 loss to Feyenoord in the Europa League back in September.
Reuniting with Ronald Koeman – the man responsible for both overseeing the apogee of the 27-year-old’s career and subsequently selling him to United – seems like a wise move for Schneiderlin.