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Manchester United haven't made contact with Bayern Munich over Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Manchester United have yet to make their move for Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger according to German journalist Christian Falk.

The 30-year-old's stock is said to have fallen at Bayern under boss Pep Guardiola, who is reportedly willing to let him leave in the summer window. 

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal worked with Schweinsteiger during his time in charge of Bayern Munich and is said to be targeting a move for him - however it seems as though reports suggesting that contact has been made may be premature. 

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The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman reported yesterday that Manchester United has already 'initiated contact' with Bayern over a potential transfer after Van Gaal persuaded club chief Ed Woodward to abandon the club's policy of targeting young players in order to get his man.

That has been refuted by German newspaper Bild journalist  Christian Falk, who tweeted yesterday that there has been no such talks thus far. 

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Responding to a similar story in German publication Kicker, he wrote: "About the interest from Manchester United in Bastian Schweinsteiger; the fact is there have been no talks."

The Red Devils are increasingly likely to sign a high-profile midfielder in the summer, although it is unlikely to be Paul Pogba who is believed to be Van Gaal's top target. The French midfielder is a target for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, and reports from Spain claimed yesterday that he was closing in on a move to Barcelona.

Options

Kevin Strootman of Roma has also been suggested as a potential option but his second serious knee injury in two seasons has put paid to that. Another option is Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan who has refused to sign a contract extension and will be sold in the summer.

Bayern Munich are believed to be interested in the 24-year-old, which could end up clearing the way for Manchester United moving for Schweinsteiger. The Bayern ace, who has won eight Bundesliga titles, only has one year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena so could be available on the cheap.

Opinion

It's certainly easy to see Van Gaal's thinking behind a move for Schweinsteiger. The German may be the wrong side of 30 but the Dutch boss is looking to remodel his squad and is in need of experience and leadership which Schweinsteiger can certainly offer. He will certainly be invaluable for Manchester United's return to the Champions League as well.

Given he should be available pretty cheaply there is little risk attached - and it doesn't block the way for a move for Pogba in 12 months time when he should be a little easier to lure away from Juventus.

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