United table offer for Bastian

BERLIN • Germany football captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has been offered a two-year contract to join Manchester United, according to German daily Bild yesterday.

The 30-year-old is reported to have been offered a salary of around €10 million (S$14.9 million) per year - what the Bayern Munich vice-captain currently earns.

Schweinsteiger - who has 111 caps for Germany and has made 342 appearances for Bayern - still has a year left on his contract and is expected to take part with Bayern in a four-team tournament in Moenchengladbach tomorrow.

However, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday: "I have spoken to Bastian on the phone while we have been on holiday ... I cannot deny the fact that I have understood during these conversations that he is flattered by the interest from England."

United manager Louis van Gaal is looking to add experience to a squad who are set to lose experienced striker Robin van Persie, who is close to agreeing a £4.7 million (S$9.7 million) move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

He is the third forward to leave United this summer after Radamel Falcao's and Angelo Henriquez's moves to Chelsea and Dinamo Zagreb respectively.

THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2015, with the headline 'United table offer for Bastian'. Print Edition | Subscribe