Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is set to be allowed to leave Goodison Park as the club undertake a significant cutting of their squad.
New director of football Marcel Brands has admitted that the Toffees need to offload players not just to free up funds, or wages, for those Marco Silva wants to bring to Merseyside, but also to make the number of players he is working with more manageable.
The Everton squad is currently made up of 38 professionals, which is clearly too many, and they appear to be coming to terms with the fact that previous managers have done them no favours by employing such a large number.
With that in mind, anyone who does not want to remain on Merseyside, or who the Toffees backroom staff do not believe has a future with them going forward, are expected to be allowed to leave the club as Brands admitted in a recent interview.
“Yes – but it’s not only a money thing.” The Daily Mail quotes him as saying.
“Of course money is also important, but it is also for a coach it is not workable to start with 38 players in your squad.
“A lot of them are not young players any more. We have to be honest when we take the decision with these players, do they have prospects here at Everton? Some of conversations will not be nice, but it has to be honest, and I think Marco must start with a squad that everyone is eager to play.
One of those players who is expected to leave is Schneiderlin. The France international arrived on Merseyside in January 2017, but has had an indifferent relationship with the Toffees fans, who were very critical of him on Twitter earlier in the season.
In all he has made 55 appearances for the Goodison Park outfit under various different managers, but at no time have his performances been of a level that has made him standout in the side.
He is one of their larger earners so getting him off the wage bill will become a priority, with the likes of Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies among others who are able to play the deeper midfield role.
Schneiderlin was linked with a move away to West Ham in January, which did not materialise, but at some point this summer it would appear his unsuccessful spell in Everton blue may well come to an end.