Bayern Munich midfielder - and reported Manchester United target - Bastian Schweinsteiger has not ruled out the possibility of leaving the Allianz Arena.

The 26-year-old has also been linked with AC Milan and, according to reports in Italy, a bid from the Rossoneri for Schweinsteiger could be imminent.

And, when questioned about a potential move overseas, the Germany international left the door open to an eventual transfer.

He told Gazetta dello Sport: "I have a contract until 2015, but in football you never know."

United, meanwhile, are alleged to have identified Schweinsteiger as a possible replacement for Paul Scholes, who lowered the curtain on an illustrious Old Trafford career last season.

Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric have been touted as potential successors to the 36-year-old but, according to former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, United should focus their attention on Schweinsteiger.


“I can’t work out why none of the top four teams have gone for Bastian Schweinsteiger," the BBC pundit said.

"I know he’s at Munich and I know he gets really good money, but you might just be able to entice him, it might just be time for him to leave.

“I just think he's a top, top player. I mean, he played against England at the World Cup in his slippers, he was that good.

“If I were Man United, if the Sneijder thing was just not do-able, I’d just ask Schweinsteiger to come and play at Old Trafford. He might just think I want to play in the Premier League."

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