Out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin could be set to join Everton in the January transfer window.
The France international, who joined United in July 2015 from Southampton for a fee of £25m, has struggled to make his mark under new Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho, and has played just 11 minutes of league football this season. The 27-year-old was absent from the United squad that did battle with Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Under this backdrop, Schneiderlin has been linked with a reunion with former Saints boss Ronald Koeman who is now at the helm of Everton. According to the BBC, the two clubs have been in contact, but no agreement has been reached.
The report comes after Mourinho said he would not stop any player from leaving Old Trafford if they request a transfer.
“I am always open to listen to offers for every player. More than listen to offers, I am always ready to listen to the players themselves,” Mourinho told reporters.
“So any player who knocks on my door and is not happy and wants to move, when the offers are correct, I will never stop a player from leaving even if it is to a rival.
“When (Juan) Mata left Chelsea to come to Manchester United (in 2014), in my mentality, (it’s) no problem at all. I am always open.”
Schneiderlin might not be the only United player heading to Goodison Park either, with Netherlands international Memphis Depay also linked with the Toffees. The forward has largely failed to live up to expectations after the Red Devils forked out £31m to pry him away from PSV Eindhoven last year.