West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that a bid has been launched for Morgan Schneiderlin ahead of the January transfer window.
Jose Mourinho, speaking at a press conference earlier today, confirmed that the Frenchman – yet to make a Premier League start this season – had asked to leave the club in January.
It was reported last week that West Brom, who face competition from Everton for Schneiderlin’s signature, were lining up an ambitious £18m bid for the midfielder.
Pulis, speaking ahead of his side’s Boxing Day visit to Arsenal, confirmed that a bid had been made for the 27-year-old.
“I don’t want to say anymore other than confirm our bid. We have to be fair to Manchester United and the player,” he said.
With both Everton and West Brom circling, it feels like a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ the midfielder departs Old Trafford after a rocky 18-month spell in Manchester.
His anonymity during the latter parts of last season and, of course, for the entirety of the Mourinho era may have led to many supporters forgetting that, once upon a time, Schneiderlin looked as if he could flourish at the base of United’s midfield, producing stellar performances against the likes of Watford and Aston Villa last season.
But with Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and even Bastian Schweinsteiger all seemingly ahead of Schneiderlin in the midfield pecking order at Old Trafford, the Frenchman will have to look elsewhere for regular game time in the Premier League.