Bastian Schweinsteiger
Schweinsteiger free to leave Bayern if he hands in a transfer request Reuters

Bastian Schweinsteiger will sit down with Bayern Munich in the coming weeks to discuss his contract situation amid renewed interest from Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal was eager to bring the Bayern stalwart to Old Trafford last summer, only for the club to block his attempts.

The Old Trafford boss has made signing a midfielder capable of easing the burden on Michael Carrick a priority this summer and has reportedly looked to the Germany international.

Bayern CEO Karl Heinz-Rummenigge has said that the only circumstance that would see Schweinsteiger leave the Allianz Arena would be if he was to hand in the transfer request himself.

The 30 year old has since confirmed he will sit down with the club to discuss his future.

"I have agreed to discuss my future with Rummenigge during the summer," Schweinsteiger told ARD TV.

"I still have one year on my contract. That's why I am in no rush, even more so because it is still only early summer."

Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan and Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton also remain heavily linked with moves to Old Trafford and it is unlikely that van Gaal will let the summer pass without making a key addition to his midfield.

"No.6 is a key player, yes. I have more key roles – the no.6 is just one of those key roles," van Gaal said in May. "You have seen this season, for example, because Michael Carrick is injured and I don't have another, I have to play with Ander Herrera there. He did it very well, but it is not his speciality.

"I have played Wayne Rooney there also, but it is not his favoured position. I had to do this because I don't have another right-footed holding midfielder like Carrick. That is why it is a key role, but I cannot discuss other positions because then I show too much."