Report: Red Bulls won’t pursue Bastian Schweinsteiger

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There’s been plenty of known interest from Major League Soccer when it comes to acquiring veteran German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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The New York Red Bulls reportedly won’t be one of the clubs courting the Manchester United central midfielder, though.

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According to Bild, global head of soccer for the Red Bulls —Oliver Mintzlaff — has claimed that the reigning Eastern Conference champions won’t pursue Schweinsteiger despite his decorated career for both club and country.

“Schweinsteiger is a great player who has had an amazing career,”Mintzlaff told Bild. “But there are no talks [over a move to New York Red Bulls]. He is not an issue for us and he will not become an issue.”

It isn’t all too surprising that the Red Bulls wouldn’t go all in for a player like Schweinsteiger, particularly due to the club’s philosophy on transfers following the arrival of sporting director Ali Curtis and manager Jesse Marsch.

The club has made a conscious effort of acquiring low salary players in order to remain financially stable and flexible in the transfer market.

With the 32-year-old desperately seeking playing time following his fallout with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, MLS could still be a potential destination for the German.

League commissioner Don Garber remains optimistic that a deal with Schweinsteiger could be forthcoming.

“We know him from the 2014 World Cup, when he played against the USA,” Garber said. “Plus he played an All-Star game here with Bayern. We are keeping a close eye on his situation.”