first_imgManchester United will allow both Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay to leave the club in the January transfer window, with Everton reportedly close to landing the duo.The out-of-favour stars both cost the Red Devils £25million in the summer of 2014, yet neither have started a single Premier League game under Jose Mourinho this season.It is claimed United hope to recoup most of Schneiderlin fee from his permanent transfer to Goodison Park.Dutch winger Depay, meanwhile, is likely to only leave on loan.Koeman has of course worked with Schneiderlin during his time at Southampton, where the midfielder’s commanding performances in the middle of the park attracted Manchester United’s interest in the first-place.The manager likely sees the 27-year-old Frenchman as the successor to 35-year-old ex-England international Gareth Barry as his midfield lynchpin.Koeman’s compatriot Depay would give the Toffees extra zip in attack, with Aaron Lennon becoming as bit-part player this season, while both Gerard Deulofeu and Kevin Mirallas have been plagued by inconsistent and indifferent form.Depay’s move would also provide a short-term replacement for Yannick Bolasie, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.The United pair have been linked with the Toffees for some time, and when quizzed about the transfer reports, manager Mourinho said on Tuesday: ‘I am always open to listen to offers for every player. “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 Mata left Chelsea to come to United – no problem at all. I am always open.” Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay are set to join Everton 1last_img read more

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