Manchester United have offered Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger a two-year contract worth €10 million-a-season.
This is according to German newspaper Bild - and brought to our attention by Marca - and comes a day after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the World Cup winner was “flattered” by the Red Devils’ interest.
Schweinsteiger, 30, has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United over the past month and has now received a formal contract offer from the Premier League giants.
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Louis van Gaal is a big fan of the complete midfielder, having worked with him at the Allianz Arena between 2009 and 2011.
Retired striker Roy Makaay told reporters last month that it would come as no surprise to him if his former teammate ended up joining Manchester United this summer in order to work under Van Gaal at Old Trafford.
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“He’s an amazing player,” Makaay was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “He and Van Gaal had a good relationship so it wouldn’t surprise me [if he came to United].
“I hope he stays at Bayern. He’s a kid from the club and he has to stay there. But if he decides to move it wouldn’t be a surprise if he changed to Man United knowing the good relationship he has with the manager.”
Schweinsteiger has won the lot with Bayern
Schweinsteiger, who has played 500 games for Bayern Munich, may feel it’s the ideal time to quit his boyhood club in order to embark on a new challenge outside of the Bundesliga.
This is a player who has won the lot at the Allianz Arena, including eight Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has reportedly told the Germany international that he will not stand in his way if he plans to leave the Bundesliga champions this summer, while the €30 million signing of Brazil international Douglas Costa from Shakhtar Donetsk suggests Schweinsteiger’s game time could be reduced next season.
Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger could join United
Van Gaal’s pursuit of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who could sign a deal for the Red Devils this weekend, has not deterred him making a move for Schweinsteiger.
If possible, the United manager would like to have both midfielders in his ranks in time for the start of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
With the Red Devils on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League group stages - provided they advance through next month’s final qualifying round - there will be plenty of opportunities for his first-team midfielders to get enough minutes under their belt next season.
Manchester United fans: would you be happy if Bastian Schweinsteiger joined your team this summer - or do you fear he’s now past his best? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!