In today's "English media craft a transfer rumor that has a tiny bit of possibility before blowing it out of the water" is this gem involving Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger. Of course, this rumor links Bastian back to our old boss Louis Van Gaal now at Manchester United.
Let's go to the Daily Mail:
The Dutchman has, however, been linked with Bayern Munich talisman Bastian Schweinsteiger and the word out of Munich is that Pep Guardiola would be willing to listen to offers of £10million for the 29-year-old midfielder.
Schweinsteiger, whose name cropped up during David Moyes's tenure at United, is also interested in a new challenge.
So, let me get this straight. This story out of the Daily Mail is telling me the following things.
- Louis Van Gaal wants Bastian Schweinsteiger. Duh. Who doesn't?
- Pep Guardiola is willing to listen to offers. Well, while Pep's opinion is greatly valued, the Neymar/Mario Götze transfer showed that Pep does not have final say on all transfers. Schweinsteiger would be one of those transfers.
- Bayern are willing to offers of ONLY £10m. Wait. What? Schweinsteiger's value on Transfermarkt is €40m.
- Schweinsteiger is interested in a new challenge. And, that challenge is pushing 30 years old and not playing in the Champions League?
So, they took the fact that Schweinsteiger and Van Gaal got along when the Dutchman was in charge at Bayern and turned it into this elaborate transfer rumor with Bayern accepting a ridiculously low transfer fee for Der Fußballgott.
Settle down, English Press. Manchester United will need to look somewhere other than Bayern Munich to rebuild their poor squad that won't be involved in any European competition next season.
HOWEVER, this is your chance to shine, BFW commenters. What is the best "based in reality" transfer rumor that you can come up with?