Manchester United are ready to sell Bastian Schweinsteiger to MLS club Atlanta United, according to reports in Italy.
Schweinsteiger has been cast out from United’s squad this season, following the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal bought Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015. The midfielder came with quite a lot of major honours, and with a reputation as one of the best midfielders in the world. However, he joined United on the back of some intense criticism as to whether the club made a mistake by buying him, due to his poor fitness record over the past 2 years.
The German maestro failed to prove his critics wrong in his first season at the club. He struggled to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premier League, and his niggling injury problems did him no favours either.
Mourinho joined the club in the summer of 2016, and immediately stated that Schweinsteiger had no place in his plans. The midfielder was told to move his things, and was sent to train with the Under-21’s. However, being on a 3-year contract with the club, the German wasn’t ready to sit down and give up.
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He assured fans that he hadn’t given up hope of getting back into the team despite Mourinho confirming that the likeliness of the 32-year-old ever appearing in a United shirt ever again was very minimal.
While it was believed that Schweinsteiger was offered to Sporting Lisbon on a free transfer – a move he apparently rejected, infuriating Mourinho in the process – the World Cup winner confirmed that United would be his last club in Europe.
This obviously meant that his next destination would likely be the MLS or Asia.
And now, United are apparently in talks with American club Atlanta United over a January transfer for the outcast.