According to world-renowned journalist and Spanish football expert Graham Hunter, Manchester United were offered Bayern Munich's vice-captain, Bastian Schweinsteiger, in order to fend off interest in central-midfield star Toni Kroos.
Hunter, who works a lot with talkSPORT, moved to Barcelona in 2001 and covers Spanish football and Barcelona for Sky Sports, the BBC, newspapers and magazines across the world. In fact, he is the only English speaking journalist to have interviewed Pep Guardiola during his time as Barcelona coach.
The Spanish-based journalist tweeted the Schweinsteiger news after being bombarded with questions over Toni Kroos:
People asking me about #Kroos all I'm sure of is that he was keen to sign for United, that club asked Bayern about him during Champs matches— Graham Hunter (@BumperGraham) May 22, 2014
Although the Tweets suggests Manchester United were offered a 'lesser' player to nullify their interest in the main target, Toni Kroos. He also claims Kroos was interested in a move, Tweeting: 'All I'm sure of is that he was keen to sign for United,' which would indicate the advances of Manchester United did enough to turn his head.
Kroos, despite speculation linking him away from Munich all season, played a huge part of Bayern's double win this season and won huge plaudits along the way. Schweinsteiger too is considered a first-team player at Munich and despite three-months out due to an ankle injury, only played six less Bundesliga games than Kroos.
The speculation, however, does show how important Kroos is to Pep Guardiola's vision for Bayern Munich, as being potentially willing to sacrifice his vice-captain to fend off interest is no easy decision.
Nevertheless, new reports had already suggested Louis van Gaal has given up on landing Toni Kroos, which could be largely down to Guardiola's unwillingness to give the green light. It does, however, open the door to speculation over Schweinsteiger's future in Germany, whether United are interested or not.