5 Worst Premier League Transfers This Summer (So Far)

5. Bastian Schweinsteiger

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8 time winner of the Bundesliga, 7 time winner of the German cup, winner of the Champions League, Bavarian legend and World Cup winner, Bastian Schweinsteiger was deemed surplus to requirements over 35 yeard old Xabi Alonso. He's cost United £14.4 million and has somehow passed a medical despite his ankle having undergone more surgery than Joan Rivers.

The Premier League is no retirement home for former European heavyweights like MLS or the A-League, it's a fast, physically combative league & Schweinsteiger is no spring chicken, or 'stubenkuken'. The move has clearly been dictated by Van Gaal's relationship with the player during their time at Bayern but unfortunately Schweinsteiger simply isn't the player he once was. 

The Schneidsteiger/Schweinderlin double signing is baffling, Schneiderlin is arguably the most astute signing of the window and everything Manchester United need in their midfield, something Schweinsteiger was, five years ago.


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