Manchester United are considering a move in signing Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, according to the Express.
The report claims the Bundesliga winners' manager Pep Guardiola does not favour the midfielder and wants to offload him in the coming transfer window. The German international spent his entire career at the Allianz Arena after coming up through the ranks of their youth system.
Schweinsteiger's situation at Bayern has alerted United and their incoming manager Louis van Gaal wants to raid his former club in bringing the 29-year-old to Old Trafford. The Dutchman was with the Bavarian club from 2009-11 and has managed the midfielder during his time with the German outfit.
The Express reports that Guardiola wants to bring in a midfielder who will move the ball quickly and he believes Schweinsteiger is now past his peak. The Spanish tactician wants to rival Chelsea and United and raid his former club, Barcelona in signing their midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The former Arsenal skipper is no longer required at Camp Nou and the La Liga giants are looking for the sale of Fabregas. Guardiola wants to replace Schweinsteiger with Fabregas in Bayern's midfield.
Chelsea are reportedly favourites to land Fabregas after the Spain international's club and national teammate Gerard Pique whispered to Spain boss Vicente del Bosque that the midfielder has informed him about his potential exit from Barcelona.
Should Fabregas re-join his former manager at Bayern, it will be a massive blow for Chelsea. At the same time, the Spaniard's arrival in Germany will make way for United to approach Schweinsteiger in the summer transfer window.
Meanwhile, England defender Chris Smalling has revealed that United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged the centre-back to savour every moment, while he is with the national team for the World Cup in Brazil.
"I think obviously Rio has been there [at a World Cup] before and he was saying it is something you should always savour. Really go in there and go full-on for it," Smalling told United's official website.
"Don't come back with any regrets as it's going to take another four years, if you're lucky, to be able to rectify that."