Manchester United are considering a move in signing Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The 30-year-old has one year left on his contract and has turned down the chance to extend his stay at the Allianz Arena beyond his current deal. His situation in Munich has alerted the Old Trafford club.
The 20-times English champions are against signing any player above the age of 27. However, Louis van Gaal has urged chief executive Ed Woodward to make an approach for Germany's World Cup winning midfielder.
United have already made contact with Bayern to check the availability of Schweinsteiger as the Dutchman is keen on bringing his former player to England. Van Gaal has relied heavily on Michael Carrick and in his absence, Red Devils have struggled in the midfield.
The former Netherlands manager wants to bring an experienced player to bolster his side's midfield for the next season. United lost Darren Fletcher after the Scot joined West Bromwich Albion in January.
The situation has left Carrick as the only player in the midfield, while Daley Blind has provided cover in that position when the England international was sidelined with injury.
Schweinsteiger spent his entire career at Bayern. However, with the contract stand-off and with United's interest, the Bundesliga outfit could lose their long-serving player in the summer transfer window.
The Daily Mail also claims the German international is open to leaving his current employers and reuniting with his former manager at Old Trafford.
The Bayern star earlier admitted that he is in no hurry to extend his contract, which is set to expire after the end of the next season.
"I am in no hurry to renew. It is not something that bothers me because I have a year left before it expires. The important thing is that my physical problems and injuries are resolved. The rest will follow," Schweinsteiger said.
Should the United manager manage to land Schweinsteiger, his experience will be vital in strengthening the Red Devils' midfield for the next season.