Man United have been put on red alert by Bayern Munich after their coach Louis van Gaal said the club should sell Shweinsteiger next summer.
The German player has 18 months left on his contract which will expire in the summer of 2012 and all the European giants including Real Madrid, Inter and United are linked with him.
The Dutch coach doesn’t want Bayern to miss out on a sizeable transfer fee should the player opt to move on a Bosman transfer. He said:
“I think that Bayern Munich is a business and if it is true that £25million has been offered for him, then you cannot just ignore that kind of money.I would do it differently – my clubs have always listened to what I have said and my clubs have always earned a lot of money."
With Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs nearing the end of their careers, there is a clear opportunity for the Bayern midfielder to not only become an instant starter at Old Trafford, but to become a long-term hero.
Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dismissed comments from coach Louis van Gaal suggesting that Bayern Munich should consider selling midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger at the end of the season. Rummenigge is adamant that Schweinsteiger will agree a new deal.
"I have always said that we really want to extend Bastian’s contract and that is what we are working on. He is one of our most important players, if not the most important one.
"But if (a contract extension) does not happen then he will certainly stay at Bayern until June 30, 2012. He will not leave before that date. He [Van Gaal] cannot decide that. In this case I will have the final say,” said executive board chairman Rummenigge.