The corner flags at Old Trafford aren’t too keen on seeing United sign the Germany international
Manchester United are weighing up a £12million raid for German powerhouse Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Bayern Munich midfielder is continuing to stall on signing a new contract, with just 18 months left on his current deal, and Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to steal a march on Manchester City and Chelsea by making a move in the New Year.
Bayern are beginning to accept that Schweinsteiger is ready to move on after coming through the ranks at the club.
And although they have already told United that they do not want to lose one of their best players during the season, that will not stop Ferguson from stepping up his interest.
The United boss knows that he will be unable to match either City or Chelsea financially if he waits until the summer.
Ferguson is normally reluctant to do his transfer business in January, but wants to strike first in the race for the 26-year-old.
There is rarely smoke without fire and this link has been billowing out for a long time now. It seems odds on that Schweinisteiger will be leaving Bavaria and, though no destination has been set, it is not often that players turn down a move to Old Trafford.
Despite their 7-1 destruction of Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United still seem a little light in midfield and the acquisition of the German would be a real coup but it is likely that they will face fierce competition for his signature from Premier League rivals. Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt heed a warning from history that saw Michael Ballack join Chelsea from Bayern in 2006 when he had seemed United bound and will need to work hard to secure the 26-year-old’s services.
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