Stamford Bridge outfit ready to make big money offer in order to beat former boss to German international.
Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho is set battle his old club Chelsea for the signing of the 30-million-euro rated Bastian Schweinsteiger .
According to the Spanish AS newspaper, Mourinho has put the 25-year-old German international on a shortlist of midfielders he wants to sign, along with Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard , Roma’s Daniele De Rossi and Athletic Bilbao ‘s Javi Martínez.
A fortnight ago, it was reported that Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti had already lined up Schweinsteiger as a replacement for Michael Ballack and was willing to make a £25-million bid to secure his signature.
Schweinsteiger was instrumental in Bayern Munich capturing the domestic double and reaching the Champions League final last season.
His three-million-euro-a-season contract at Bayern runs until 2012. (IMScouting)
With Michael Ballack and Joe Cole out of the picture it seems to make sense that Carlo Ancelotti looks to improve his midfield options and a move for impressive German international Bastian Schweinsteiger would be a wise one and he may well feel a move to Stamford Bridge would be a better option than the distinct possibility of arriving at the Bernabeu to find 50 other world class players vying for limited spaces.
In recent years many top notch talents have wasted away at Real Madrid only to find that they were merely trinket purchases who were never given the chance to shine, the likes of Rafael Van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben instantly spring to mind. Perhaps the 25 year old Bayern Munich man would therefore prefer to give a move to the Premier League a go?
Schweinsteiger may feel that the time is right for a move away from the the Bavarian team he has represented since he was 14 and if that is the case there will be no shortage of offers for the free scoring, assist making and supremely talented playmaker.