Manchester United want to sign Bastian Schweinsteiger - Fjortoft

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Manchester United are “very keen” on signing Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer and have already talked to the Bundesliga champions about the Germany international, according to Sky Germany pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft.

The ex-Norway international revealed this information via Twitter on Friday afternoon - increasing speculation that the Red Devils could make an offer for the 29-year-old, who is not believed to be one of Pep Guardiola’s favourites at the Allianz Arena.

“I can confirm, from reliable sources in Germany and England, that Manchester United are VERY keen on getting Schweinsteiger,” Fjortoft posted. “I understand Man UTD have already talked to Bayern about Schweinsteiger. - van Gaal loves him….”.

Van Gaal has pulled the plug on deals to sign David Moyes-targets Toni Kroos - a Bayern teammate of Schweinsteiger - and Chelsea-bound Cesc Fabregas, but it seems the Dutchman is set to make a move for the talismanic central midfielder who has played a pivotal role for the Bavarians and the German national team over the past decade.

Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Graham Hunter revealed last month that Manchester United were offered the chance to sign Schweinsteiger earlier this year. Guardiola feels the 29-year-old takes too long to circulate possession and prefers the younger Kroos, who was expected to join the Red Devils before Van Gaal was appointed as Moyes’ successor.

Schweinsteiger worked under Van Gaal at Bayern between 2009 and 2011, winning the Bundesliga and German Cup in 2010, while also reaching the Champions League final in the same year.

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