Manchester United accepted a £22m bid from Everton for Morgan Schneiderlin, in a deal that could rise to £24m with add-ons.
United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed the deal after United’s League Cup victory over Hull City, saying that the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, had informed him Schneiderlin is on his way.
“Before the match Mr Woodward told me ‘almost there’, so I have ‘almost there’,” Mourinho said. “So I’m sad, I’m happy. I’m sad because I like him and he could be an option for us in a long season.”
“I’m happy because this is what he wants – he wants to play every game, to be an important player in the team. So if this is what he wants, I am happy for a very good professional, somebody I can only say good things about.”
The deal for Schneiderlin came after Everton manager Koeman demanded “changes” at Goodison Park especially by making signings after their FA Cup third-round exit to Premier League champions Leicester City.
Since then, the Toffees already brought in Charlton Athletic’s 19-year-old forward Ademola Lookman for £11m.
Koeman’s initial offer of £19m for the France midfielder had been rejected last week. West Bromwich Albion also saw a similar offer turned down, as United was keen to recoup the £24m fee they paid Southampton for Schneiderlin in July 2015.
Negotiations continued with Everton hoping to complete the deal in 48 hours after agreeing on a fee.
Schneiderlin’s move also means that he will be working with Koeman for a second spell after spending two seasons with the Dutchman at Southampton. His Red Devil teammate Memphis Depay could yet join him, being another of Koeman’s target.