Manchester United are reportedly in talks with Bastian Schweinsteiger over speeding up his exit from the club ahead of the transfer deadline.
The 32-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho, and has been left out of the United squad for the opening two games of the Premier League season.
While supporters will be aware of his classy social media posts in which he continues to support the team, it hasn’t been enough to force his way into Mourinho’s plans and in turn it looks as though an exit before the deadline is the most likely end result.
According to The Daily Star, his representatives will hold discussions with United officials this week and will look to negotiate a severance package with his remaining contract at Old Trafford still worth £17m.
Further, it’s claimed in the same report that United are willing to accept a cut-price fee of £2m for the German midfielder, as ultimately it’s now simply a case of pushing him out of the club as quickly as possible.
Schweinsteiger’s age, injury record and wages could all be seen as factors behind the decision, with Mourinho now seemingly settling on a two-man deep-lying midfield combination of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini.
Add Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick to the mix for depth, and it doesn’t appear as though there is space for the World Cup winner to have an impact.
In turn, it looks as though the best solution for all concerned will be agreeing a split, and United will hope that there is interest from around Europe for the former Bayern Munich star.