Manchester United were offered the chance to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger instead of Toni Kroos this year, it has emerged.
According to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Graham Hunter, Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola prefers Kroos to Schweinsteiger, who the former Barcelona head coach feels does not circulate possession quick enough - “thus #United were offered Schweini instead”.
Hunter also revealed that 24-year-old Kroos “was keen to sign for United”. The Red Devils reportedly asked about his availability during the two-legged Champions League quarter-final against the reigning European champions. A £20m deal to bring the Germany international was poised to be completed until newly-appointed Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal pulled the plug on the transfer.
“Whether #LVG has rejected idea of signing #Kroos I don't know,” Hunter added in a third tweet.
Schweinsteiger has spent his entire professional career with Bayern Munich and has been one of the club’s standout performers over the last decade. The classy midfielder, who has racked up over 100 international caps at the age of 29, would be a target for many clubs if it became apparent Guardiola was keen to move him on this summer.
But Hunter went on to reveal that if Van Gaal wants Schweinsteiger at Old Trafford next season a deal will happen.
The Red Devils have been linked with a host of midfielders over the last few months - and were reportedly keen to secure the signings of their main transfer targets before this summer’s World Cup finals get underway.
However, there are now less than three weeks before the showpiece international tournament kicks off and United are still yet to wrap up a single deal.