Schalke are considering a move for Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to latest reports.
Schweinsteiger is expected to be shown the exit door by Jose Mourinho along with eight other youngsters who will not feature in the new manager’s plans.
And German website Transfermarkt suggests Schalke are ready to offer the 31-year-old a deal as they are in search of some midfield experience.
However, the Bundesliga outfit may struggle to meet his huge wage demands as he currently earns a staggering £275,000 a week at Old Trafford.
Recently the German star has retired from international football. Schweinsteiger, who earned 120 caps for his country, played a key role as Joachim Low’s boys lifted the 2014 World Cup.
He featured in Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign, making his last appearance during their 2-0 semi-final defeat to France.
But 3 weeks after Germany were knocked out of Euro 2016 following a semi-final loss to France, the Manchester United midfielder announced he is stepping down as captain of the national team and ending his international playing career.
Earlier this week there were reports claiming that Mourinho told Bastian Schweinsteiger to find a new club, even he was not included in the United team that played against Real Madrid yesterday in a pre-season friendly.
Daily Mail claimed a few days ago nine players have been informed they can leave Old Trafford, on what the paper described as “clear-out Thursday”, with World Cup winner Schweinsteiger forced to train with the youth team.
Schweinsteiger, who won 22 trophies during his time at German giants Bayern Munich, seemed to be the first highest profile casualty in Mourinho’s tenure at Old Trafford.
But the new United boss had been a big fan of Schweinsteiger’s in the past claiming at the World Cup in Brazil that Germany are at their best when the midfielder gives them stability.
Now it seems he has lost his faith and believes Schweinsteiger doesn’t have the capacity and engine to stabilize United for 90 minutes in England right now.