Manchester United are reportedly preparing a severance package for midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
According to reports, the club are desperate to let go of Schweinsteiger as soon as possible, and will look to try and speed up the process of his departure from Old Trafford.
The German has only been at United for one season, after signing from Bayern Munich on a three-year contract last summer. Former United manager Louis van Gaal saw Schweinsteiger as a good fit for the way he wanted his team to play. However, the 32-year-old failed to live up to his billing, and is now one of the major casualties of the Jose Mourinho era.
He struggled for game time last season due to constant niggling injuries. When played, he struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League as well.
Mourinho made it clear to Schweinsteiger that there was no place for him in the manager’s plans for the season. With Paul Pogba joining the club, Schweinsteiger’s chances of playing would have been minimal either way.
As a result, United are trying to agree a deal with the German’s representatives in order to do away with the midfielder before the end of the transfer window.
According to the Daily Star, Schweinsteiger’s representatives will hold talks with United officials this week to negotiate a severance package. His contract is still worth around £17 million.
Reports also claim that the club will be willing to let the World Cup winner go for a fee as low as £2 million and are hoping to receive offers from other clubs for the midfielder.
Schweinsteiger, despite the way he is being treated, has been posting messages of support for the club on social media. He was also in attendance for United’s first home game of the season against Southampton, which ended in a 2-0 win for the home side.