Man Utd transfer : Bastian Schweinsteiger actively seeking move to MLS
Jose Mourinho has been left unmoved by Bastian Schweinsteiger taking to social media to declare he is “ready if the team needs me”, with Manchester United now hoping to strike a deal to pay off the midfielder who has been banished to train with the under-21s.
There is increasing belief that Schweinsteiger, having said he will not play for another European club, may be actively seeking a move to MLS. He would have to make himself a free agent to do that this summer as the United States transfer window has closed. The alternative is to sit it out at United.
Out-of-contract players can sign up to MLS until Sept 15, with Chicago Fire top of the “allocation order” among the established sides although a number of new franchises – headed by Atlanta United – are in the market for two designated players and have already registered their interest in the former Germany captain.
It appears less likely that Schweinsteiger – who married the Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic in Venice last month – is looking for a move to the Chinese Super League, the transfer window for which does not open until January. Similarly there has been no contact, so far, with other wealthy clubs in either Qatar or the United Arab Emirates.
Schweinsteiger has just under two years left on his United contract but Mourinho has no intention of playing him.
Schweinsteiger has been said :
“A brief message to the amazing fans about my current situation”, he wrote: “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 my current situation. I want to thank the fans for their amazing support over the recent weeks.”
United have already fielded offers from other Premier League clubs and sides elsewhere in Europe, including both Milan clubs, but Schweinsteiger has rejected the moves. Given the size of his wages, United would let him go for free.
It may well be that Schweinsteiger is engaged in a game of brinksmanship with Mourinho in an attempt to win sympathy with the United fans and to indicate – as his agent Robert Schneider suggested earlier this month – that he will remain at the club and bide his time.
However unless Schweinsteiger is considering retirement, as has also been suggested, he is unlikely to win that battle.