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Manchester United look to tempt €14m Schweinsteiger from Munich after contact stand-off

Mark Ogden

Published 21/05/2015 | 17:09

Transfer target: Manchester United are understood to be keen on signing Bastian Schweinsteiger
Transfer target: Manchester United are understood to be keen on signing Bastian Schweinsteiger

Louis van Gaal is ready to exploit Bastian Schweinsteiger’s contract stand-off with Bayern Munich by offering the World Cup winner a summer opportunity to move to Manchester United.

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Van Gaal, who retains an interest in Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, despite claims from the German club that he will remain at Signal Iduna Park, wants to add at least one experienced midfielder to his squad ahead of next season due to the current over-reliance on the form and fitness of Michael Carrick.

Talks have already taken place between intermediaries and United manager Van Gaal believes Schweinsteiger can be lured to Old Trafford due to the 30-year-old’s ongoing refusal to commit to a new deal at Bayern.

"I am in no hurry to renew,” Schweinsteiger said recently, when asked about his contractual situation at the Allianz Arena. “It is not something that bothers me because I have a year left before it expires.

"The important thing is that my physical problems and injuries are resolved. The rest will follow."

United are continuing to monitor Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who left Old Trafford for Turin three years ago, but Van Gaal is keen to explore the possibility of signing Schweinsteiger after failing to strike a deal for the player last summer.

The Germany midfielder became a key figure at Bayern during Van Gaal’s two seasons in charge of the club between 2009 and 2011, with Schweinsteiger previously crediting the Dutchman as a key influence on his career.

Although Schweinsteiger has been troubled by injury this season, he has returned to action in recent weeks to reclaim his place in Pep Guardiola’s team.

But with United able to offer Schweinsteiger a longer and more lucrative contract than Bayern, as well as the opportunity of a new challenge in the Premier League, Van Gaal is confident that his relationship with the player could prompt him to leave the Bundesliga.

United, meanwhile, have yet to concede to defeat in their attempts to sign Dortmund defender Hummels.

The German club’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, insisted last night that Dortmund are ‘planning ahead’ with Hummels, who had claimed earlier this season that he was ready to leave the club.

United have been given no indication, however, that Hummels will reject a move to England and the club will press on with their transfer plans once the season ends at the weekend.

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