Report: Manchester United keen on Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly ready to swoop for the World Cup winner during the summer transfer window.

According to Mark Ogden of the Telegraph, Louis van Gaal is ready to exploit Bastian Schweinsteiger's contract stand-off with Bayern Munich by offering the World Cup winner a summer opportunity to move to Manchester United.

Ever since Roy Keane left United for Celtic in 2005, fans have been dissatisfied with the club's midfield. This season it has been less of an issue when Michael Carrick has been fit and with Ander Herrera getting to grips with life in the Premier League.

Still, despite a minor improvement in the midfield area, questions ready and a space or two to be filled. The Telegraph believe that talks have already taken place between intermediaries, with Van Gaal believing that Schweinsteiger can be lured to Old Trafford.

There have been ongoing negotiations with the 30-year-old at Bayern Munich regarding a contract renewal, but nothing has come of those talks as yet. That alone suggests a level of commitment may not be there and that United may have a chance of signing the world-class midfielder.

"I am in no hurry to renew," Schweinsteiger said recently, in quotes carried by the Express.

"It's 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."

United have also been strongly linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund duo Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels. These are players that fill positions that have been an issue for the Red Devils and, therefore, would bolster Van Gaal's selection options for the 2015/16 campaign.

Schweinsteiger, however, became a key figure at Bayern Munich during Van Gaal's reign at the club between 2009 and 2011, so they have a previous working bond that could assist United in any potential transfer talks.

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