Rumours of Schweinsteiger's switch to America gather pace

Schweinsteiger on his way to MLS?
Schweinsteiger on his way to MLS?

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been encouraged to make a move to America's Major League Soccer, but rumours that he will be joining New York Red Bulls have been quickly dismissed.

Widespread rumours suggested the New York franchise were considering making a move to sign Schweinsteiger in January, but they have confirmed a move for the German World Cup winner is not on their agenda.

"Bastian Schweinsteiger is a great player with a great career, but there have been no conversations, he isn't and will not be a topic for us," Red Bulls' Oliver Mintzlaff told German newspaper Bild.

FC Dallas has been mentioned as a possible destination for Schweinsteiger, with their president Dan Hunt recently declaring his admiration for the midfielder.

Schweinsteiger has been encouraged to consider a move to American by MLS chief Don Garber, who offered up this comment earlier this week.

"We would receive Bastian with open arms. He would be a leader for many of our young players," he stated.

"Of course, we're following exactly what happened with Bastian."

United would clearly be keen to get Schweinsteiger off their wage bill in the January transfer window, after manager Jose Mourinho made it clear that he has no role to play in his plans.

However, the German is believed to have turned down offers to leave United last summer and is content to bide his time as he still has a little under two years left to run on his lucrative contract.