Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is reportedly set to be offered an opportunity to return to Bayern Munich this summer.
The German international struggled in his first season at Old Trafford last year, with injuries disrupting his progress and limiting his influence.
Coupled with the arrival of Jose Mourinho this summer, who seemingly deems him as surplus to requirements, the veteran midfielder now faces an uncertain future.
However, according to Bild, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has opened the door to a potential return to Bavaria, just a year after allowing the 32-year-old to leave in favour of a reunion with Louis van Gaal in Manchester.
“Should he [Schweinsteiger] speak in the future at some point about a desire to return then we will discuss it with him,” Rummenigge is quoted as saying.
It’s difficult to see where Schweinsteiger would fit in though, as ultimately it would be a sentimental move as opposed to one that benefits Carlo Ancelotti.
Bayern already have Thiago, Javi Martinez, Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal and Renato Sanches to choose from, while David Alaba and Philipp Lahm can also be deployed in midfield given their tactical versatility.
In turn, it remains to be seen whether or not Bayern’s interest is legitimate, with Manchester Evening News adding that both AC Milan and Inter are also interested in taking the German star to Italy.
Schweinsteiger made just 21 starts and 10 substitute appearances last season, although he missed most of the last four months of the campaign due to a knee injury.
With Mourinho evidently moving in a different direction, the Red Devils will be open to offers and will assess which is the best before allowing the veteran to move on.