Reports claim United are considering a move for Bastian Schweinsteiger if they fail to sign Cesc Fabregas. Surely not?
The close-season is also something of a silly-season when it comes to transfer rumours. But sometimes a story comes along that is so ridiculous it just has to be commented on.
The latest is the rumour linking Bastian Schweinsteiger with a switch to Manchester United.
The same Schweinsteiger who has just been crowned German football writer’s Player of the Year.
The same player who made 45 appearances for Bayern Munich last season, scoring nine goals and providing nine assists for the German treble-winners.
And the same man who at 29 is already a legend with the Bavarian club and has a contract until 2016.
That last point is perhaps the most important, because the midfielder has previously commented on his desire to play in a league other than the Bundesliga before his career ends.
The notion of Schweinsteiger ever leaving the Allianz Arena is not the ridiculous part, just that he would do so in the midst of Bayern’s most successful period.
Speaking in January he said, “I have an ongoing contract and I intend to fulfil it. However, a move abroad remains tempting, and you never know what happens.”
And there it is, the statement of unknowing that so many players sprinkle their sound-bites with these days. It is a tease that allows headlines to be written with a sense of if not fact then certainly suggestion.
United is exactly the type of club he may one day wish to play for. But that one day is likely to remain some way off.
Pep Guardiola already has a mountain to climb in his attempts to somehow match Jupp Heynckes’ outstanding achievements of last season. To sell his vice-captain – regardless of who he has brought in – will only make that task harder.
Some reports should be taken with a pinch of salt and others with a handful. This is one of the latter stories, at least for now.
What are your thoughts on the Schweinsteiger rumours?
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