Bastian Schweinsteiger could cause a severe midfield shake up at Manchester United.
Manchester United seem extremely determined to sign at least one player from German champions Bayern Munich this summer.
Toni Kroos was thought to be on the club’s radar before Louis van Gaal reportedly ruled out an approach, Mario Gotze has been mentioned and the club has also been linked with striker Mario Mandzukic as well as central defender Dante.
The latest reports suggest van Gaal is focused on bring Bastian Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford, a German midfielder with a lot of grit and determination and someone who could help transform the current midfield of the side.
What United’s midfield lacked last season was a real element of authority across the middle of the team, which could have made the difference in big games.
However, as positive and exciting as Schweinsteiger’s arrival would be at United, it could give van Gaal further problems in terms of prompting at least three central midfielders to leave the club.
Juan Mata is being linked with a move to Barcelona, just a few months after joining United in a £37 million deal from Chelsea.
Van Gaal has another number ten style player in the form of Shinji Kagawa, with Schweinsteiger able to play the role of someone who would offer the Japanese star a great deal of protection.
Marouane Fellaini tried to be the authoritative figure that United needed last season when he was brought in by David Moyes from Everton, but he too would find his position and future in doubt.
Reports suggest that van Gaal is open to letting Fellaini leave the club and if Schweinsteiger arrives, United would have a solid combination of Michael Carrick in front of the back four, the German pulling the strings and then a number ten producing the creativity in attack.
Perhaps the midfielder under the most pressure should Schweinsteiger arrive this summer, is Tom Cleverley.
Cleverley was the basis of much criticism from United fans last season, a perfectly capable player in possession but someone who lacks authority and drive in the middle of the team.
His hope of staying would be van Gaal’s tendency to use home grown players regularly, but should the German sign a contract at Old Trafford, Cleverley could find himself sitting on the bench a lot more than he may expect next season.