Manchester United are reportedly trying to speed up Bastian Schweinsteiger’s departure. The former Germany captain has been frozen out of Jose Mourinho’s plans for this season.

And according to the Daily Star, Schweinsteiger will hold talks with the Red Devils this week over his exit strategy. It is believed a severance package to pay off the remainder of his contract is worth £17m.

German outfit Schalke and Serie A giants Inter Milan have already approached Old Trafford hierarchy but his expensive wages are said to be creating main problem.

The veteran German midfielder will play one last game for his country at the end of August, despite confirming his international retirement.

After 120 appearances and having won the 2014 World Cup title with Germany, the 32-year-old told head coach Joachim Low at the start of August that he has retired from international football after 12 years in the team.

But Schweinsteiger will play one last game for Germany – on August 31 in a friendly against Finland in Monchengladbach – to allow fans to say goodbye under the slogan ‘Servus, Basti!’ – ‘Bye, Basti!’

The friendly will come as a welcome distraction to Schweinsteiger, who has been banished to United’s reserves by new coach Jose Mourinho and has an uncertain future at Old Trafford.

A year ago, Schweinsteiger seemed Manchester United’s flagship signing, a player whose every touch was cheered by adoring fans on their pre-season tour of America. Now their adulation is directed towards Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba. Now idol has become exile, exciting addition looking a cast-off, a Louis van Gaal ally seeming persona non grata for Jose Mourinho.

It is part of a chastening fall. In little over a year, Schweinsteiger has been deemed surplus to requirements by two of the world’s great clubs. He has slipped below Marouane Fellaini in the pecking order, ballooned a penalty in Euro 2016 over the bar and voluntarily ended his international career.


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