Manchester United might yet be able to sign Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, but only if the Germany internationally formally requests a departure from the Allianz Arena.
Rumours in recent weeks have suggested that Louis van Gaal could turn to his former pupil in a bid to strengthen his side’s core in the middle of the park. Michael Carrick is currently the most experienced midfielder Van Gaal has, but his injuries over the course of the past season or so have left question marks hanging over his suitability to being relied upon as an ever-present first-choice.
With that in mind it’s not too difficult to envisage that Van Gaal wants to add more pedigree to the heart of his midfield.
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On top of that Schweinsteiger has become a relatively surplus commodity under Pep Guardiola, who has the likes of Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alcantara and Philipp Lahm at his disposal.
Though Alonso is now 33 he still seems to be above Schweinsteiger in the pecking order, which is rumoured to be a possible motivation for the latter to seek a new club.
However, despite the rumours and fanciful gossip Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told German newspaper Bild - as relayed by ESPN - that the club have no intentions of letting Schweinsteiger leave Munich this summer, and will only do so if he requests an exit.
“No, I do not know if there is any truth to it [the speculation]," Rummenigge said.
“Our view is clear, we would only think about selling if Bastian comes to us with a specific request.
“That is not the case [at the moment].”
Tough deal to make
Whilst it doesn’t altogether pour a bucket of water on the flames of speculation surrounding the 30-year-old’s future, Rummenigge’s statement heavily implies that Schweinsteiger will continue with the Bundesliga champions for the time being.
If he does decide that it’s pastures new he wants to seek then it can be safely assumed that Van Gaal’s United will be strong contenders for his signature, so there is that.
Still though, the Red Devils’ recent revolution has been centred around building for the future and ensuring the team will be capable of matching the best of the best for years to come, and so Schweinsteiger might not be the greatest option if there are other, younger models, who Van Gaal is taking into consideration.
United fans, would you like to see Van Gaal purchase Schweinsteiger this summer? Is there any chance at all of the deal going through? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.