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Morgan Schneiderlin could be set for Nice move

Reports in France suggest the Everton midfielder is close to a return to his homeland

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Schneiderlin joined Everton from Manchester United in January 2017
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Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is reportedly close to leaving the club for French side OGC Nice.

Nice-Matin, one of the region’s most reliable news outlets, said on Friday evening that a fee of roughly £1.8 million plus bonuses has been agreed between Everton and Nice for Schneiderlin, 30.

The remainder of the 2019-20 French Ligue 1 season was cancelled in late April due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while the transfer market has re-opened for deals between native clubs, it is likely Schneiderlin would have to wait until the end of the Premier League season on July 26 before officially making the move.

Though, the report suggests that he will undergo a medical with Nice, who finished fifth in Ligue 1, as early as next week.

Schneiderlin joined Everton from Manchester United in January 2017 for about £24 million, but after a strong start to his Goodison Park career, he has struggled for consistency for the best part of the last two-and-a-half-years.

Most notably, his introduction as a late substitute in a home match in February 2018 was roundly booed by supporters following a particularly poor performance in the 5-1 drubbing at Arsenal the previous weekend.

Though he had generally improved during the early weeks of Carlo Ancelotti’s reign, Schneiderlin suffered a knee injury in late February which required surgery, and his availability for the Merseyside derby on June 21 remains in doubt.

He has made 73 Everton appearances so far, scoring just once and receiving three red cards.

Schneiderlin’s Everton contract, reportedly worth £100,000 per week, expires at the end of the 2020-21 season.