Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has put Europe's top clubs on transfer red alert, after admitting that he's in no rush to talks over a new contract with the Bundesliga giants.
Schweinsteiger is out of contract at the end of next summer, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola is desperate for his midfield linchpin to sign an extension on current terms.
The 30-year-old is clearly keen to explore his options though, shunning the chance to thrash out fresh terms and offering long-term admirers in Manchester United and Chelsea hope that an incredible bargain summer transfer could well be on the cards.
Bayern have work to do
In an interview with German magazine Kicker, brought to our attention by the Express, the World Cup winner was asked about his future and conceded: "I am in no hurry to renew. It's not something that bothers me because I have a year before it expires.
"The important thing is that my physical problems and injuries are resolved. The rest will follow."
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Who is best placed to take advantage?
Schweinsteiger's reluctance to commit to Bayern has echoes of the situation involving former team-mate Toni Kroos, who decided to move on in a lucrative switch to Real Madrid last summer.
Bayern will ultimately not be held to ransom by any player no matter how classy, which means Schweinsteiger could be reluctantly moved on in 2015 if he continues to maintain a quite surprising contract stance.
That means United and Chelsea could be in for a quite surprising new transfer tussle, one that Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will be confident of winning. The Dutchman's worked with Schweinsteiger in the past and is desperate to sign an experienced box-to-box midfielder, with a tentative enquiry knocked back last summer.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would also be keen to add another established top-class star to his squad if the price is right, which puts pressure on Bayern to get this regrettable situation sorted and quickly.
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