Bastian Schweinsteiger has become the number one transfer target for Manchester United ahead of the summer window.
This information comes courtesy of The Independent, who claim that new Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal views the Bayern Munich star as exactly the sort of top-class midfielder that his team require.
Furthermore, the same report suggests that the fact that German international Schweinsteiger does not share quite the same relationship with current Bayern boss Pep Guardiola as he did with predecessor Jupp Heynckes means that the £25 million-rated player could be open to a potential switch to Old Trafford.
With Van Gaal - who will officially take over on a day-to-day basis at Manchester United following the Netherlands' World Cup campaign - desperately needing to significantly strengthen the club's ailing midfield, Schweinsteiger would be an enormously impressive capture for the Dutchman.
While some fans may have a preference for the explosive nature of the slightly younger and more energetic Arturo Vidal, Schweinsteiger is a hugely-accomplished midfielder who has become an integral figure at both club and international level.
Boasting 102 senior caps for Germany as well as a total of seven Bundesliga championships, seven DFB-Pokal winners medals and a Champions League crown, the 29-year-old undoubtedly enjoys an enduring reputation as one of the continent's most revered players and his arrival at Manchester United would, without any question whatsoever, provide a massive improvement.
Signing a player with Schweinsteiger's reputation would also go a long way to proving that the club are still able to compete sufficiently in the transfer market despite the damage done during a rotten 10-month spell under David Moyes and Manchester United's subsequent failure to cement their place in next season's Champions League,
As well as this, such an arrival - providing it actually happens, of course - would seemingly appear to immediately vindicate the decision to appoint Van Gaal in the first place.
In addition to his wealth of experience of success across Europe, surely a major attraction when giving him the job was Van Gaal's lofty reputation across the game and therefore his ability to attract a higher standard of transfer target.
While speculation concerning Schweinsteiger's relationship with Guardiola may indeed turn out to be accurate, one still cannot imagine Bayern Munich will be content to lose such a loyal and important servant to their cause.
Rather, you imagine his future could heavily rely on the saga involving teammate and compatriot Toni Kroos and a potential move to reigning European champions Real Madrid.
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