Manchester United News: Schweinsteiger 'In Talks' With Fenerbahce

Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, with Manchester United team mate David De Gea.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, and Manchester United teammate David De Gea at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, November 28, 2015. Schweinsteiger has been linked with a transfer to Fenerbahce. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester United has a recent history of offloading players to Fenerbahçe, and it looks as if another of the English club's stars could be heading to the confluence of Europe and Asia.

Turkish sports newspaper AMK claims that Bastian Schweinsteiger, the Germany midfielder who has endured something of a disappointing season for United, is in talks with Fenerbahçe, the Istanbul giant.

Were Schweinsteiger to leave, as seems increasingly likely, he would be joining a coterie of former United players at Fenerbahçe, which lies second in the Turkish Super Lig, the country's top division.

Former United striker Robin Van Persie joined Fenerbahçe in the summer of 2015, while winger Luis Nanu also joined in July 2015 after being allowed to leave Old Trafford by Louis Van Gaal, the United manager.

Schweinsteiger is currently rehabilitating a serious knee injury suffered in training with the German national team last week that has likely ended his season, and has generally looked a shadow of the player who led Germany to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

So it is perhaps a little overambitious for AMK to call him the "world's best midfielder."

Still, Schweinsteiger during his Bayern Munich days was a force of nature in the center of the park, so if Fenerbahçe could get him for the reported 9 million euros ($10.3 million) it would represent a sweet little deal.

Could United afford to jettison his experience, particularly if Michael Carrick, another veteran hand in midfield, leaves the club this summer?

That depends, largely, on its managerial situation. If Van Gaal stays to see out his contract, then Schweinsteiger, his purchase, could well stick around. If Jose Mourinho comes in, then it may signal an ignominious exit for one of the finest players of his generation.