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Sunday 22 April 2018

Bastian Schweinsteiger could be on his way to Manchester United - but he must ask for transfer

Bayern Munich say German has not hinted at a move

Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger is on Louis van Gaal's summer wish-list
Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger is on Louis van Gaal's summer wish-list
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Bastian Schweinsteiger has persistently side-stepped questions about rumours of a summer move to Manchester United and now his club have broken their silence on the subject.

Schweinsteiger has been identified as a potential solution to United's holding midfield position, with Louis van Gaal a stated admirer of the German World Cup winner he worked with during his time at Bayern Munich.

Yet when Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was asked about United's interest in Schweinsteiger by Bild, he offered this response: "No. I do not know if there is any truth there.

"In our view, however, it's clear: We would only consider a change if Bastian came to us with a specific request. That is not the case."

It remains to be seen whether 30-year-old Schwiensteiger is willing to make a stand in a bid to leave Bayern this summer, after the midfielder dodged questions on his links with United earlier this month.

Rummenigge insisted his club would not be getting involved in a possible auction to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, as he played down reports that coach Pep Guardiola was not given an active role in the club's transfer moves.

"Bayern Munich are definitely not going to buy any player for €100m," he said.

"The fact is we do want quality and we will do certain things. But the transfer window has only just opened and we already have a high-quality squad.

"Of course the coach is involved intensively in all our considerations for players. At the end of the day, it is he who has to work with the players."

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