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Report: Atletico Madrid keen on adding Bastian Schweinsteiger

Atletico Madrid are reportedly courting Bastian Schweinsteiger with an eye on a €15M transfer fee

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A source out of Spain is reporting that Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer as they look to revamp and restructure their midfield.

Juan Gato of Voz Populi reports that with the departure of Mario Suarez and the advancing age of Tiago, Atletico are preparing a bid to sign Schweinsteiger for a fee of close to €15M. He currently has a contract that runs through the end of the 2015/2016 season. Gato notes that Altetico have had meetings with Schweinsteiger about this move and that they are willing to offer an annual salary of €4M with performances bonuses.

Juan Gato was the Spanish reporter last year who broke the Marco Reus to Atletico Madrid story including that it was a done deal. Given that Marco Reus is still wearing black-and-yellow and recently renegotiated his contract with Borussia Dortmund, do with that little tidbit of information what you will.

While there is quite a lot of detail about the potential move, it's likely this doesn't happen most notably because of that salary. €4M may be a good salary for many footballers, but Schweinsteiger makes nearly triple that figure per annum and it's hard to imagine any player takes a paycut that massive. Add in the fact that Schweinsteiger is the vice-captain of Bayern Munich and at this point a Bavarian institution in his own right, there's likely zero chance he leaves Munich for Madrid under these circumstances. If you want to take it a step further replacing a 33-year-old Tiago with a soon-to-be 31-year-old Bastian Schweinsteiger isn't much of a plan if your end goal is revamping and restructuring your midfield as is being reported.

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