This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Sport Witness reporter Sean Lunt, Everton will allow Morgan Schneiderlin to join Fenerbahce on loan once they have signed a replacement for Idrissa Gueye, who joined PSG in a £30m deal on Tuesday.
Well, the Toffees appear to have already agreed a deal with the Turkish giants that will see the 15-cap France international move to Fenerbahce without the Super Lig side having to pay a loan fee – they will cover all of his wages, however.
Schneiderlin moved to Goodison Park back in January 2017 for an initial £20m fee, but has never really set the world alight on Merseyside.
Marco Silva has just Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Tom Davies, James McCarthy and the former Southampton man as first-team midfield options right now, most of whom aren’t regulars in the starting XI – Davies made just 10 league starts last term, whilst McCarthy made a single appearance.
Schneiderlin didn’t just cost a huge transfer fee, but the Toffees have been paying his massive £100k-a-week wages for the entirety of his two-and-a-half years at the club.
That wouldn’t be too much of a problem if the 29-year-old pulled his weight, but Schneiderlin really isn’t an important player under Silva and his wages should be seen as a problem for a player as ineffective as he is.
So, if Brands can successfully offload the 6 foot 1 midfielder and get Fenerbahce to cover every penny of his huge salary – which he appears to have already agreed – it would arguably be his best move this summer given how unattractive the Frenchman is right now.
He made just 10 starts in the league last season, registering just a single assist to show for his efforts.
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Some of the Everton supporters wanted to see him offloaded this summer after he hinted at an exit, suggesting that they don’t value him as an important player at the club.
Getting such a salary off the wage bill should also free up more funds for the Toffees to lure some of their targets to the club with just a week remaining of the window, with players such as Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Mario Lemina and Fikayo Tomori being linked with moves to Goodison Park.
This would truly be Brands’ best work this summer given Schneiderlin’s colossal wages and lack of impact.