Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is reported to have rejected a move to Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon. The recently retired Germany international was set to be released by the club, but he resisted the move. He told the management that he would be staying put at Old Trafford.
The report claims he wouldn’t have had problems with his wages as United were ready to subsidize his salary in the Portuguese league. Coach Jose Mourinho has made it very clear that he does not have the player in his plans. The agent of the player is reported to have been happy with the loan terms, but the midfielder wants to fight for a shirt.
The 32-year old Bayern Munich legend joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2015 for €9 million under Louis van Gaal, but after his underwhelming season, Mourinho wanted him out. When he was forced to train with the reserves at United, even the expert betting football pundits were suggesting that Schweinsteiger would be on the move soon.
Schweinsteiger made only 13 starts in the Premier League before picking up an injury. United’s decision to support his move away from the club points to the club’s willingness to remove him from their hands at all costs.
Leicester City would likely miss out on the transfer of Adrien Silva. The Portugal international was supposed to move to Leicester City with the hope that Schweinsteiger would join them. Silva is a box-to-box midfielder, and Leicester City wanted him after losing N’Golo Kante to Chelsea. The defending Premier League champions were willing to offer €25 million. Silva is keen to move to England to continue his career, but Sporting manager Jorge Jesus would only allow the deal for the 27-year old move ahead if a capable replacement is on offer.
Schweinsteiger is set to make his last appearance for Germany in a farewell game. Germany coach Joachim Low recently expressed his displeasure with the fans as less than half of the 43,000 tickets have been bought ahead of the friendly game against Finland. His 121st cap during the game would be Schweinsteiger’s last for Germany.