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Bastian Schweinsteiger not a top target for Louis van Gaal?

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is not a transfer priority for Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal this summer, despite recent reports that seemed to suggest a bid was being prepared for the player.

Such speculation that surfaced earlier this week claimed that the Red Devils were lining up a bid worth £20 million for the Bayern Munich stalwart, yet according to the most recent revelations that come courtesy of the Manchester Evening News, Schweinsteiger is not one of the new manager's top targets as he seeks to strengthen an underperforming squad ahead of next season.

Given his status and influence at the Allianz Arena, rumours of a potential move to Old Trafford for the 29-year-old always appeared a little fanciful - along with the bulk of other transfer rumours concerning Manchester United since the appointment of Van Gaal.

However, the Dutchman is known to share a strong working relationship with Schweinsteiger dating back to his successful spell in charge at Bayern Munich between 2009-11 and that factor always made the German international appear a more likely candidate for a move to to the North West.

Manchester United supporters are sure to be disappointed to hear that Van Gaal is in fact not planning any sort of imminent pursuit for Schweinsteiger, although such a blow would be significantly softened if he could land another of European football's top midfield talents.

Indeed, the same reports from MEN suggest that Van Gaal - who masterminded his native Netherlands to an absolutely stunning 5-1 demolition of reigning champions Spain at the World Cup on Friday evening - is planning to monitor Roma star Kevin Strootman, keen to assess how much longer he may face on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury in Serie A earlier this season that subsequently ruled him out of the tournament in Brazil.

Chile and Juventus powerhouse Arturo Vidal is thought to be another midfielder of interest to Manchester United, although the Old Lady's current reign of domestic dominance - they have now won three titles in succession - and participation in next season's Champions League could feasibly make a transfer difficult to negotiate.

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