Manchester United have made an opening offer to Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger to try and sign him this summer.
Reports of a bid from United were almost inevitable following comments from Bayern Munich’s hierarchy to the press over the last few weeks.
Bayern have almost willingly enticed clubs to try and sign Schweinsteiger by making it abundantly clear they won’t stand in the way if he wanted to leave. It looks like a classic case of deflecting any blame away from the club and making it seem a player is the only one taking a decision to leave.
Schweinsteiger, who has one year left on his current contract, fell out of favour under Guardiola as a series of injuries made it difficult for him to hold a regular place in the starting XI and if his old boss Louis van Gaal does come calling, you have to imagine the 30-year-old may be somewhat tempted.
It does still seem a distant fantasy to think that Schweinsteiger could play for United but the longer the summer goes on and Bayern leave it open for clubs to approach him, the more likely a potential exit becomes.