Manchester United are willing to part with Morgan Schneiderlin for as little as £12 million, according to reports from the Daily Mirror. The Frenchman who reportedly earns £100,000 a week was thought to be on his way to Arsenal two summers ago before United won the race for his signature.
He was one of the most crucial players in helping Southampton establish themselves in the Premier League following their promotion back in 2012 and many teams in the English top flight were certainly left extremely impressed with the midfielder’s performances.
Aside Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur were also widely linked with a move for Schneiderlin last season but it was Manchester United who managed to swoop in for the Frenchman for a fee believed to be in the region of around £25 million.
Considering United’s struggles at the middle of the park, Schneiderlin was touted to be a very good signing for the Red Devils and he certainly seemed to have all the necessary tools in his repertoire to succeed at Old Trafford.
Unfortunately though, Schneiderlin did not quite manage to assert himself as was initially expected and while not terrible, the ex-Strasbourg man’s performances during his debut season at the club were average at best.
With the arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager of United over the summer, Schneiderlin has clearly fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and it is clear to see that the 27-year-old is merely viewed as a fringe player by the Portuguese boss at the moment.
Therefore, rumors have emerged claiming that Schneiderlin could be looking for an exit from United during the January transfer window and recently, Italian giants AC Milan have been linked with the former Southampton star.
Milan are currently in the process of a takeover by Chinese investors and the Serie A side are said to be looking to reinforce their midfield over the winter as manager Vincenzo Montella hopes his side can challenge Juventus to the title this season.
Schneiderlin is believed to be one of Milan’s targets and reports from the Mirror suggest that the Italian side will be able to secure the services of the midfielder for a fee as little as £12 million in January.
Schneiderlin does seem surplus to requirements to United at the moment but selling such a quality player for less than half the price they paid just over a year ago seems like a terrible waste.