Tuesday 22 January 2019

Mourinho clear-out

United trio can leave if the price is right as Lindelof deal looks likely

Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin
Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin

Jose Mourinho is open for business and Morgan Schneiderlin, now inches away from a move to Everton, looks like the first to go, followed by Memphis Depay.

"Their situation is exactly the same, both of them I will allow to leave the club," Mourinho said.

"We are waiting for something that a couple of weeks ago looked like 100 per cent and at the moment looks like zero per cent because we don't have any offer that is close to the quality for the players we have."

Mourinho's words appear to be nothing more than a very public negotiation after Schneiderlin was scheduled for a medical at Everton's Finch Farm training complex.

The arrival of another midfielder will give James McCarthy food for thought after interest from Newcastle United.

Mourinho will also ship Bastian Schweinsteiger out as soon as he can, although he could start in today's FA Cup clash with Reading. "He's selected again, so he can start, he can be on the bench, but he's an option for us," said Mourinho.

"I think that's the best way to describe (him); for many months he wasn't an option, we made that decision. Since then, he's been working very well and never an injury. His body is fine, he's training very well, he's ready.

"I will allow them to leave, the club will allow if the right offer comes.

Mourinho will be buoyed by the resolution of the sell-on issues between Swedish club Vasteras and Benfica over the £40m deal which would bring Victor Lindelof to Old Trafford. Vasteras chairman Bengt-Ake Nilsson is confident a deal can be done. "We have hopes. Benfica have increased (their offer) after we made contact with them," he said.

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