Many Everton fans have been reacting on social media to reports by Haber Global’s Yagiz Sabuncuoglu, who suggested Morgan Schneiderlin will join Fenerbahce in a cut-price deal once we sign Idrissa Gana Gueye’s replacement.
The Blues are believed to have reached an agreement with 1.FSV Mainz 05 for Jean-Philippe Gbamin, with reports in Germany suggesting a €30million (£27.3m) deal is on the cards for the Ivory Coast international.
Director of Football Marcel Brands is not putting all of his eggs in one basket it would seem, though, as the Dutchman is also believed to have contacted Southampton to discuss a potential move for Ralph Hasenhuttl outcast Mario Lemina, who the Saints are requesting £20million for.
Sabuncuoglu, however, notes our alleged interest in Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, and believes it is the Frenchman’s potential arrival at Goodison Park that holds the key to Schneiderlin being allowed to finalise his move to Fenerbahce.
Recent reports have hinted that Bakayoko is being considered as Gueye’s potential successor, after Frank Lampard deemed him surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. The Pensioners are expected to request £40million, though.
But Everton would not be able to use any funds raised by Schneiderlin’s farewell, as the 6 ft 1 Frenchman who flopped at Manchester United would be joining Fenerbahce on loan without a fee involved between the two clubs.
It had been alleged recently that a similar agreement had been reached with Galatasaray, who reportedly approached Everton offering to pay €1.5million (£1.3m) for a one-season deal with the guarantee they would pay Schneiderlin €3.5million (£3.1m or £60.3k-a/w) in wages.
The Blues board rejected their offer, but were said to counter with the proposal of a one-year deal that would see Gala pay Schneiderlin’s entire wage without offering an upfront facilitation fee.
Schneiderlin is keen to secure a move away this summer as he sees it as a chance to kick-start his career, and a potential transfer to Turkey with Galatasaray would offer him Champions League football, whereas Fenerbahce failed to qualify for any European competition by finishing sixth last season.
Here’s how these Everton fans reacted to Sabuncuoglu’s claims…