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Bastian Schweinsteiger is attracting interest from Turkish giants Beşiktaş.

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The rumours of Bastian Schweinsteiger's exit from Manchester United continue to rumble on, with the latest suggesting that the German midfield veteran is bound for Turkish outfit Beşiktaş. News of such a report comes courtesy of the Daily Star, who link to an article claiming that a prospective deal would be an initial loan with a purchase option included.

It has been widely acknowledged that José Mourinho prefers to work with a smaller squad, and the potential arrival of Paul Pogba in the centre of United's midfield could mean he'd be more receptive to allowing a fringe squad player like Schweinsteiger to depart. However, until there's further progress on the deal to bring the Frenchman to Old Trafford, it may be sensible to hang onto Schweinsteiger.

The 31-year-old only arrived at United from Bayern Munich last summer, and a frustrating run of injuries restricted him to just 13 Premier League starts in all. That said, it didn't stop him establishing himself as a Stretford End favourite, and there would still be some sadness if he departed so swiftly.