The 32-year-old recently retired from the German national team and has been given a very slim chance to see playing time at Manchester United by manager Jose Mourinho. With his career waning, Schweinsteiger claimed in late August that Manchester United would be his last club team in Europe, saying it was the “only team which could make me leave Bayern Munich.”
However, with this new report, the possibility of Schweinsteiger reconsidering his previous stance is realistic. It’s unclear from the report whether Schweinsteiger was at all interested in the approach from Marseille, but if he is, it’s likely United would let him go quite cheaply to shed his contract.
The report claims that with new American owner Frank McCourt all but in charge now, the club has prepared a plan to more forward before the transfer window closes, and Schweinsteiger could be a cheap option in midfield with Zinedine Machach their only true central midfielder. The club has experienced a sputtery start to the Ligue 1 season, with just one win in three.
Other German stars have been outspoken in their disappointment with Schweinsteiger’s treatment at Manchester United. Most recently, Sami Khedira told German media, “A player with a great career behind him doesn’t deserve to have someone tell him “hey, get lost.” Schweinsteiger was included on the club’s 25-man Premier League roster, but was not a part of the Europa League squad, leaving him on the fringes at best.