Manchester United are favourites to sign German international midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, according to the bookmakers.
SkyBet have the former Premier League champions at an incredibly short 8/11 to land the 29-year-old, with AS Monaco a distant second at 16/1. Barcelona and PSG are next on the list (18/1), with Juventus an even longer 20/1 shot.
Schweinsteiger has spent his entire career with Bayern Munich, graduating to the first team of the Bundesliga giants back in 2002 and featuring regularly for the club ever since.
Having spent much of last season injured, the 102-cap international didn’t make as many appearances as he would have liked under manager Pep Guardiola, but was still in the first team when fully fit.
However, his time at the Allianz Arena might be coming to an end if the bookies are to be believed, and his new home may well be Old Trafford - a ground he was sent-off at when last playing there in the Champions League.
Louis van Gaal has taken the reigns at Manchester United this summer, after a season of disappointment under David Moyes and then briefly Ryan Giggs.
And, whilst he’s busy at the World Cup with the Netherlands, the bookies clearly believe some sort of transfer plan has been put in place by the Red Devils - with Schweinsteiger at the top of the pile.
The Independent claimed last week that Manchester United would need to pay £25million to bring the central midfielder to the club, and there is little doubt that he would add some much-needed quality at the heart of the side.
Despite Juan Mata’s arrival in the January transfer window, the Red Devils were found wanting in the position last term, with the likes of Tom Cleverley failing to inspire the club’s supporters.
With his experience at both European and international level, Schweinsteiger would be an excellent addition as Van Gaal looks to make Manchester United competitive once again.
A lack of Champions League football would appear to be the only major stumbling block if the Premier League club are willing to stump up the cash, although the bookies clearly don’t believe that will be an issue.
With the player focused on helping his country try and win the World Cup this summer, it’s unlikely a deal will take place before the end of the competition on July 13th, but after that the door appears to be wide open.