Bastian Schweinsteiger looks set to depart Manchester United this January.
The German international has been frozen out of Old Trafford and his future at the club looks incredibly bleak after an apparent fallout with manager Jose Mourinho.
The recently retired Germany international confirmed that he would not leave United for any other side in Europe, simply due to the fact he was only ever going to leave Bayern Munich for Manchester United, which subsequently occurred.
Schweinsteiger is now 32-years-old and isn’t looking to spend time on the bench as he nears the end of his career. A prolific career is nearing its end, but where will Bastian go?
Here is a look at five potential transfers the Manchester United midfielder could make this winter…
With Frank Lampard’s contract due to expire this February, the Bronx outfit will be looking to make a marquee signing to replace Chelsea’s record goal-scorer.
Schweinsteiger would be the perfect replacement for Lampard and would slot in alongside Andrea Pirlo in Patrick Vieira’s midfield. A mid-2000’s football hipsters dream pairing!
Similar to New York City, Galaxy are set to lose one of their key players when Steven Gerrard’s contract at the club expires on New Year’s Eve.
Gerrard has been a major success in Los Angeles but Schweinsteiger’s arrival could be an improvement with him still some years off retirement.
The climate, the money and the replacement make Galazy the perfect club for Bastian should he be offered a deal.
The money in China is there for all to see and it wouldn’t come as a surprise for the German World Cup winner to be offered a lucrative contract in the Far East.
A number of high profile players have swapped European football for the riches in the Chinese Super League and a move for Schweinsteiger would not come as a major surprise.
With the 2022 World Cup set for the Middle East, the organisers are hoping for the footballing world to be focused on the Arab country and Schweinsteiger could be wooed by the rich owners of teams in Qatar.
Again, climate wise it’s absolutely perfect but the football would be way below the level he is used to. Xavi Hernandez made the move, so why not Schweinsteiger?
It’s probably the most unlikely of moves but if Schweinsteiger is to depart United for any team in Europe, it would only to return to his beloved Bayern Munich.
Carlo Ancelotti is not short of options in midfield but if the opportunity presents itself to bring Bastian back to Germany, then it may be too good an opportunity to pass on.
He would have to accept a squad role from now on but it’s certainly a match made in heaven.