Everton have signed Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United for a fee rising to a hefty £24million.
The 27-year-old Frenchman put pen to paper on a four-year-deal which sees him once again link up with manager Ronald Koeman, who he played under at Southampton.
Schneiderlin moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2015 after impressing in central midfield for Saints. However, the French international never managed to cement his place in the Red Devils’ starting line-up under either Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho, making 47 appearances overall.
Indeed, under Mourinho, Schneiderlin managed only 11 minutes of Premier League action this season, with Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini all ahead of him in the pecking order.
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Speaking on the move to the Toffees, Schneiderlin said:
Everton is a big club in the history of English football. I have always loved the atmosphere in the stadium. I can’t wait to play and to represent this great club.
There is a manager in place here that I know and he can get the best out of me. I know his style and how he likes to play football. He was very good with me from the start and I enjoyed playing football under him.
Schneiderlin moves to Goodison Park as midfielder Tom Cleverley leaves on loan for Watford, and is Everton’s third buy of the transfer window, after the Merseysiders splurged £11m on Charlton youngster Ademola Lookman and £10.4m for Standard Liege attacker Ishak Belfodil.
Schneiderlin looked such a good player when with Southampton so his failure to make the grade at United was rather surprising. However, now the combative midfielder has a chance to kickstart his career at Goodison Park. Good luck to him!