Manchester United ponder move for Bayern Munich World Cup star
Manchester United are exploring the possibility of bringing Bayern Munich midfielder and World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of next campaign, and there are no talks of an extension between the Bavarians and the player’s agent.
After being recently questioned about his contract, Schweinsteiger said he was ‘not bothered’ of the deal that runs till 2016.
“I am in no hurry to renew. It is not something that bothers me because I have a year left before it expires.”
“The important thing is that my physical problems and injuries are resolved. The rest will follow.”
Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in April revealed that there will be no talks about the contract until the end the season.
“We will now play the last games and then make a decision,” he had said.
UNCERTAIN: Schweinsteiger’s future at Bayern Munich is in the balance
This uncertainty has seen United being linked to Schweinsteiger. With the Red Devils desperate to bolster their midfield ahead of next season, the Kolbermoor midfielder fits the bill perfectly. To add to this, the ongoing injury issues with Michael Carrick mean adding an experienced campaigner in Schweinsteiger all but makes sense.
Louis van Gaal knows the 30-year-old from his time with the Bavarians, and it was him who converted the German International from an innocuous winger to a dynamic midfielder. The relation between the player and manager could play a vital role in convincing the Bayern Munich youth product to part ways with his boyhood club.
Louis van Gaal and Schweinsteiger have worked together previously at Bayern Munich
Schweinsteiger has been in and out of action this season, which has partly been down to injuries, and has seen his opportunities limited to 27 games out of a possible 51.
United’s return to Champions League could also convince FC Hollywood’s vice-captain to end his 14-year association with the club.
Apart from Schweinsteiger, the Red Devils are closely monitoring the situation of Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, whose contract too ends in 2016, and recently turned down a new extension offer.
Although Red Devils were dealt a blow in their pursuit of number one defensive target Mats Hummels, latest emerging reports claim that the German International is still interested in a move.
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