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 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.