Bastian Schweinsteiger could be this summer's first big Old Trafford exit

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Since being appointed the Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has already made plenty of progress in terms of targeting potential arrivals to bring to Old Trafford.

A deal to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly close to a breakthrough, meanwhile United are also in talks to sign Villareal centre-back Eric Bailly, as Mourinho begins to mould Louis van Gaal's FA Cup winners into his own side.

However, for one of Van Gaal's last signings as Man United manager, it is a very different story. It appears Bastian Schweinsteiger could be shown the door after just 12 months at the club, according to the Mirror.


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The German international joined from Bayern Munich for a reported fee of €9 million last July but struggled for consistency and playing time in an injury-plagued campaign.

Initially, it looked like Van Gaal had pulled off a masterstroke by bringing the experienced midfielder to the club but Schweinsteiger made just 18 league appearances, scoring once and now it seems Mourinho will make him one of the first big names to depart the club.

Schweinsteiger has previously been linked with a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce to join up with another United star deemed surplus to requirements a year ago - Robin van Persie.

With Man United now actively looking to sell the central midfielder, Fenerbahce could well renew their interest and hope to strike a similar deal with Old Trafford officials.

While his club future looks in doubt, Schweinsteiger remains an important player for his national side.

He made his latest return from injury in the Germans' Euro 2016 warm-up win over Hungary.

Germany ran out 2-0 victors and their captain came on to make a 25-minute cameo appearance to reassure coach Joachim Low that he will be able to take part in the tournament that kicks off next week.

After the game, Schweinsteiger said: "To get 25-30 minutes is pretty good. I wasn't expecting to get 90 minutes in my first game back.

"But I have been able to do already more in the run up to this European Championship than I managed two years ago prior to the World Cup."

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