Manchester United close in on Bastian Schweinsteiger
Celebrated journalist Steve Bates reports that Manchester United are close to completing a €7.5million deal for Bastian Schweinsteiger.
In his column for the Sunday Mirror, Bates says that the appeal of reuniting with former manager Louis van Gaal is Bastian’s primary motivation for relocating to Manchester.
According to German legend Lothar Matthaus, “Schweinsteiger needs a coach who will play him according to his strengths, and Van Gaal will do that.”
With a year left on his contract with Bayern Munich, the German international is understood to be keen on playing under Van Gaal with whom he shares a good rapport. Van Gaal himself has been a huge admirer and has witnessed Bastian’s qualities firsthand during his successful spell at Bayern Munich.
As United aim to undergo extensive squad-rebuilding to prepare for their title charge, in Bastian Schweinsteiger they may find the perfect midfield anchor pulling the right strings. Schweinsteiger’s on-field contribution at Bayern Munich is also on the decline as is evident from the fact that he just made 20 appearances for the club in 2014-15.
A move to Old Trafford could materialize for the 30 year old and at £7.5 million the deal would be a bargain for Manchester United.
Likelihood of transfer: 6/10