Speculation continues to circulate about where Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be heading once the January transfer window opens. The 32-year old veteran certainly isn’t in Jose Mourinho’s plans and MLS is in play as a possible landing spot.
Reports overseas indicate that Manchester United is preparing to buy-out the remainder of Schweinsteiger’s contract, which runs through June 2018. As reported here in August, the Fire hold a Discovery Claim on Schweinsteiger and would have first crack at signing him if he chooses to come to MLS. Other reports indicate that several US teams are interested in him.
The Express was able to track Schweinsteiger to a restaurant on Wednesday, where he sat for a four-hour meeting with an individual that wasn’t identified. Schweinsteiger didn’t answer questions about his future, but a closer look at the man he met with and listed by the Express as his “companion” for the lunch meeting is clearly Fire coach Veljko Paunovic.
Being in the same restaurant on the same day or even meeting for four hours doesn’t indicate that something will get done. The Fire won’t comment on players currently under contract but there seems to be more than just smoke in the air on this one.
3:00 pm – The Express has updated their piece to include identification of Paunovic and the Fire.