According to highly reliable German media outlet, Manchester United have told world cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger he can leave Manchester United and the Red devils have reportedly offered him €11m (£9.6m, $12m) to leave on mutual consent. The former Bayern Munich star has not played a single minute of football for Manchester United this season and judging by statements from Jose Mourinho at the beginning of the season, his long term future doesn’t lie with Manchester United.
The €11m (£9.6m, $12m) figure if true means Manchester United are buying up the reminder of his contract which has just about two more years to run. United are obviously keen to get the German off the wage bill at the club as Mourinho obviously doesn’t rate him. Should Bastian Schweinsteiger accept the offer, it will mean he will be without a club and will be free to join whichever club he so wishes to join on a free transfer.
According to Bild, Mourinho decided to re-introduce Schweinsteiger to first team training at Carrington as a way of bait to make things easy for the club in their bid to get rid of him. He reportedly earns £200,00 a week at Manchester United which explains why United will want to get rid of him and very fast especially as he contributes nothing to the team.
Schweinsteiger was recently given back his place in United’s dressing reportedly next to Chris Smalling and Mourinho even hinted he is considering recalling the German back to the first team proper.
Bild also claim they believe a deal is close and will be finalised before the January transfer window opens. An indication that the club has been working on such an agreement for sometime now.
Mourinho was recently quoted as saying; “It was a decision based on fact that we are in a period of the season where it’s really difficult with everybody together. The problem of tactical work that I like to do with 21 players max, to have 23/24 at a time doesn’t happen.
“Looking at Bastian and the way he was working professionally every day with the fitness coach, we think it’s a professional decision to bring him back to the team. We will be much better prepared, much better conditions, in case his future decision is to leave the club. In this moment we have no problems in midfield like we do in defence. If we do have problems in midfield, he’s one option for us. It’s a decision that can be positive for the group.”
It remains to be seen if the German will accept United’s offer but for his own good, he is better accepting it. I personally forsee him going back to Bayern Munich or moving to the United states.