Manchester United will make a £20m bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
According to Goal.com, United will firm up their interest in the Germany international with a formal bid, and they're increasingly confident they can get their man.
Although Schweinsteiger is a huge figure at Bayern Munich, the defending Bundesliga champions may view £20m as too good a deal to pass up for a player who will be 30 next season.
Schweinsteiger played under Van Gaal during the Dutchman's time at Bayern Munich, and after conversations with people close to the German midfielder, the report claims United are reportedly confident he could be persuaded to link up with him again at Old Trafford.
United are under a lot of pressure to get deals done this summer, following last year's disaster. Chief executive Ed Woodward is eager to tie up transfers early in the summer window, but has so far been left frustrated.
As far as United's fans are concerned, it's absolutely crucial that the club works through its business as early as possible. It does seem like a deal for Luke Shaw has been agreed in principle, but left-back is not the most desperate area of need.
Admittedly, Woodward's work has been complicated slightly by the fact that Van Gaal will not report to work as United boss until his Netherlands team complete their World Cup campaign.
And while Van Gaal's appointment prompted a flurry of reports that claimed the Dutchman would conduct and root and branch clear-out, mid-July is not the ideal time to conduct such an overhaul.
A central midfielder must be his top priority after last summer's embarrassing pursuit of Cesc Fabregas, Sami Khedira and Ander Herrera - but they still look no closer to getting a big-name in.
Schweinsteiger would be just that, but it's certainly a little ambitious, and surely risks repeating the mistakes of last summer. Unless they've heard different in private, it sounds a little far fetched to think he'd leave Bayern Munich - one of the most dominant teams in Europe - for one outside the Champions League.
A far better approach would be to target one or two realistic additions, and work consistently and carefully to bring them in. You know, like Cesc Fabregas - a world-class player and one readily available.
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