Bastian Schweinsteiger is reportedly looking for a compensation of around £13.8m from Manchester United to agree to part with the Red Devils
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s move to Manchester United seemed to be one of the best transfer deals done last summer but the transfer has turned ugly for both the club and the player. The former German international failed to establish himself in the first-team setup in his debut season at Old Trafford under Louis Van Gaal, and the appointment of Jose Mourinho turned matters worse for the midfield veteran.
The Portuguese manager has told the German that he is unlikely to play in the first-team under him and has made public of the fact that Bastian is not a part of his first-team plans at the Theatre of Dreams.
United tried to move the veteran off their books with the aim of removing excesses from the club, while also providing Schweinsteiger the opportunity of playing regular first-team football at another club as he nears the twilight of his career.
However, the player was unable to secure a move, mainly due to reported weekly wages of £150,000 which no other club was willing to offer the 32-year-old. There seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel as United’s offer to let the player go on a free transfer attracted interest from Sporting CP, but the German midfielder rejected the move in favour of hopes of securing playing time at Manchester United.
United added further insult to injury as they wrote off the player in full in their accounts while presenting the summary of the club’s financial performance for the year.
The German has failed to even make the bench of any of United’s sides, first-team and U-23, and Manchester United are reportedly in talks with the player’s representatives to work out an agreement to release the player prematurely.
Squawka, though, are reporting that Bastian and his representatives are asking his wages to be paid in full as part of the compensation to terminate the player’s contract.
With around 18 months left on his current contract, the figure of the severance package seems to stand close to a whopping £13.8m. The report has added, though, that United are working out the details with the player’s representatives and are hopeful of agreeing a comparatively lesser compensation to terminate the 32-year-old’s contract.
This seems to be the German’s way of getting back at the club for writing his value off the books, as the former Bayern Munich man looks to extract as much as he can before calling time on a troubled spell at Manchester United.