The German signed a three year contract with Man United back in July 2015, sending shockwaves of enthusiasm across all sections of the club’s fanbase.
However Schweinsteiger, after an injury-hit first season at Old Trafford, has been cast out of the first-team by Jose Mourinho, who insisted the 32-year-old was not part of his plans.
According to German newspaper SportBild, United are prepared to pay the midfielder his remaining wages ahead of a move away from Manchester.
The amount paid for Schweinsteiger to leave actually outweighs the amount paid for him to join United in the first place.
This is, first of all, an awful bit of business. More pertinently, however, something about it feels wrong. I mean, a club must really want Schweinsteiger to pack his bags if they’re willing to pay such an astronomical sum. But does he deserve such a ruthless, deadpanning form of omission?
His first season was, of course, far from perfect. Then again, how many debut seasons are? One cannot argue that Schweinsteiger, in spite of his aptitude for picking up a new injury every month, delivered a certain level of timeless control to United’s midfield, and supporters will be ultimately upset to see him go.
That said, this is the nature of life under Mourinho. The 53-year-old doesn’t take passengers; his approach is nothing short of ruthless. Some may see Mourinho’s strategy as harmful, others may see it as pragmatic. Either way, this is Mourinho’s style, and time will tell to see if it pays dividends.