Fergie turns to Wenger target to complete sensational £40 million double swoop

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Manchester United want to complete a sensational double Bundesliga raid by signing Manuel Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to the Daily Mail.

Rumours surfaced yesterday that Bayern Munich skipper Schweinsteiger wants out despite Munich offering him £140,000 per week, and this as well as other political infighting at the German club could hand United the lead in the race to sign Neuer.

Manchester United are currently looking for a long term replacement for Edwin van der Sar, whose retirement is imminent.

The Red Devils have already agreed to bring Danish keeper Anders Lindegaard to Old Trafford but, amid claims from Peter Schmeichel he is not good enough, Sir Alex Ferguson also wants to bring in a proven world class stopper.

The Germany No.1 is unsettled at Schalke, claiming they are in danger of relegation from the Bundesliga after a 5-0 thumping to Kaiserslautern, and United and Bayern look to be fighting it out, despite rumours Arsenal are also interested.

However, Bayern manager Louis van Gaal is standing in the way as he is happy to allow 22-year-old Thomas Kraft to continue in goal for the German champions.

Yesterday Arsenal were linked with his signature, as Arsene Wenger is currently looking to replace the error-prone Lucasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia.

However, the £16 million price tag has reportedly put the Gunners off as Wenger believes he can bring in a cheaper option and that has handed the initiative back to Manchester United, who have plenty of money to spend.

After the defeat to Kaiserslauretn, Neuer said: “That was a catastrophe and I have no explanation for such a disastrous performance.

“I can understand why the fans were so angry because if we keep playing like that, we will be relegated.”

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