Thursday 20 October 2016

RVP exit looms large as Schweinsteiger is keen

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (pictured) wheeled out the tried and tested "I'm flattered" response when discussing the interest of Manchester United and discussions are set to continue, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said yesterday.

The 30-year-old was told by manager Pep Guardiola he would be allowed to make his own decision over his future at the Bundesliga champions and Rummenigge said Schweinsteiger is considering a move to the Premier League following media reports of a move to United.

"I spoke to Bastian Schweinsteiger on the phone while on holiday and we're going to meet again when he's back," Rummenigge said yesterday.

"I'm not going to hide the fact that I discerned from these talks that he is flattered by the interest from England."

Schweinsteiger came through the youth ranks at Bayern and has spent 13 seasons with the Bavarians, winning the Bundesliga title eight times, and helped Germany win the World Cup in Brazil last year.

Robin van Persie appears to be heading for the Old Trafford exit with Fenerbahce confirming they have opened talks with United over the striker.

The 31-year-old scored 30 goals for United as they won the league in 2012-13 following his £24million move from Arsenal.

His impact since then, however, has been muted due to a series of niggling injuries, and he was limited to 10 goals in 29 appearances under compatriot Louis van Gaal last season.

Yesterday, Fenerbahce announced via Twitter: "Fenerbahce has begun to transfer talks with Robin Van Persie and his club Manchester United."

Fenerbahce signed Van Persie's former United team-mate Nani on Monday for a reported £4.25million.

If Van Persie is sold, United would have only Wayne Rooney, James Wilson and the injured Javier Hernandez - out with a broken collarbone - in their squad as recognised strikers following the exit of on-loan Falcao at the end of the season.

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