Thursday 30 March 2017

Van Gaal close to 'Schweini' deal as De Gea says farewell

Manchester United are reported to be close to signing Germany's World Cup winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for a fee of €10.5m
Manchester United are reported to be close to signing Germany's World Cup winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for a fee of €10.5m

Jamie Holland

Manchester United are reported to be close to signing Germany's World Cup winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for a fee of €10.5m.

Manager Louis Van Gaal coached Schweinsteiger during his tenure at Bayern Munich and is apparently confident of luring the player away from the Allianz Arena.

Schweinsteiger turns 31 in August and is in the final year of his contract at the German champions and is reported to be interested in linking up with Van Gaal again.

"Schweinsteiger needs a coach who will play him according to his strengths, and Van Gaal will do that," said former Germany player Lothar Matthaus, who feels the scenery in Manchester could do the midfielder some good.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that goalkeeper David De Gea has said his goodbyes to his team-mates at Old Trafford.

If, as expected, De Gea moves to Real Madrid, United may look to recruit Spain defender Sergio Ramos from the Bernabeu as part of the deal.

One of the most-decorated defenders of his era, Ramos' contract negotiations have broken down, according to The Metro, and that may benefit United's pursuit as they prepare for a return to the Champions League.

Reassuring

United are also interested in Raphael Varane, but new Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has ruled out letting the French centre-back leave this summer, reassuring him that he will be playing more first team football next season.

Elsewhere, Italian club Genoa have accepted Watford's club record bid of around €10m for Argentinian winger Diego Perotti.

Watford's current record signing was Nathan Ellington who moved to The Hornets from West Brom for a fee of €4.5m in 2007.

Perotti's fee is double that and comes days after former striker John Barnes claimed the club would need to 'strengthen in all areas' in order to stay in the Premier League beyond next season.

Perotti, who can play with both feet, scored four goals in 24 matches last season following his move from Seville in 2014, where he won the Europa League.

New Hornets manager Quique Sanchez Flores has already signed Lithuania goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis and Austria defender Sebastian Prodl this summer.

The former Atletico Madrid manager was appointed earlier this month becoming the fifth manager in a year for last season's Championship runners-up.

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