Manchester United are so desperate to get Bastian Schweinsteiger off their books that they are ready to offer the German a £10 million pay off in January, according to The Sun.
The 32-year-old has no part in Jose Mourinho’s plans at Old Trafford and has spent much of the campaign with the reserve side. Although the ex-Bayern Munich midfielder has recently been welcomed back to the first team to train, there is apparently no prospect of him actually featuring for the Red Devils.
Commenting on the decision to bring him back to the fold, the Portuguese said: “The way Bastian was working professionally, every day with the fitness coach, it’s a human decision, a professional decision to bring him back to the team.
“He’ll be in much better condition in case his future decision is to leave the club.”
Now United face the challenge of finding a side that is prepared to take the veteran off their hands, with his £180,000-per-week wage an impediment to them doing so. He still has more than 18 months to run on his deal with Mourinho’s men, and could cost them £18m if he remains for the duration of his contract.
The Premier League outfit have already written off his £6m transfer fee and are now hopeful that a club from the MLS or CSL approaches Schweinsteiger, but so far no suitors have been forthcoming.