When Bastian Schweinsteiger left Bayern Munich after 13 years of service, he was hoping to start a new chapter in his illustrious career at Manchester United.
However, it’s fair to say things haven’t gone to plan since his £6 million move last summer. The German midfielder was riddled with injury last season, making just 18 league appearances as Louis van Gaal’s side finished fifth in the Premier League.
However, the 32-year-old isn’t going to be given a second chance at Old Trafford with new boss Jose Mourinho declaring him surplus to requirements.
Mourinho has moved to bring in Paul Pogba for a world record £89 million and has made it clear Schweinsteiger isn’t part of his plans.
After months of speculation, the player himself finally wrote a statement on Wednesday to clarify his future. He said: “MUFC will be my last club in Europe. I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave Bayern Munich.
"I will be ready, if the team needs me. This is all I can say about the current situation. I want to thank the fans for the amazing support over the recent weeks.”
Despite the statement, there was still question marks surrounding Schweinsteiger’s future. Did the fact that he said United will be his last club in Europe mean he will be staying at Old Trafford? Or did it suggest that he’s heading to America or China?
Free to leave
Well, according to the Guardian, it could well be the latter.
That’s because they claim that, after he promised not to join another club in Europe, the Red Devils are willing to let Schweinsteiger leave on a free transfer this summer.
The report says that Mourinho’s side will be willing to let the player leave without a transfer fee, as long they offer Schweinsteiger an attractive deal. With the money involved in both of the aforementioned leagues, it's highly likely they'll be able to afford the wages.
With Schweinsteiger currently earning a hefty £140,000-per-week at the Theatre of Dreams with two years remaining on his current deal, it’s not entirely surprising to discover that the club are willing to cut their losses and allow him to leave for nothing.
It would also show their respect to the central midfielder and would give him more options to choose from when selecting his next club.
Transfer window issues
However, there isn’t likely to be too many offers at the moment considering Schweinsteiger has ruled out joining another European club. The transfer windows in the MLS and CSL don’t open until February and June respectively so he wouldn’t be able to play in those leagues until then.
However, there is obviously still a chance that he actually remains at United this season, despite not being likely to feature in the first-team. With the transfer window slamming shut a week today, the situation regarding Schweinsteiger is certainly one to keep a close eye on.