Manchester United could switch their focus from Toni Kroos to Bastian Schweinsteiger in this summer’s transfer market, understands. With recent news that Schweinsteiger is unsettled at Bayern Munich and looking for a new challenge, United could now look to him as the ideal candidate to strengthen their midfield next season.
The Red Devils have long been on the lookout for a replacement for the influential Paul Scholes, who retired from the game last summer, leaving something of a hole in the team’s midfield.
Toni Kroos has long thought to be United’s priority target for that position, but Schweinsteiger’s desire to leave the Allianz Arena could now mean he is set to be made available on a cut-price deal.
The 29-year-old has been with Bayern for his entire career so far, and has played a crucial role in the success of the team as well as for Germany at international level, for whom he has over 100 caps.
This vastly experienced, skillful and intelligent playmaker would be a terrific signing to help get United back on track after a highly disappointing season, and a source close to the player believes he may be tempted by a move if United appoint former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal as their next manager.