Transfer Balls: ‘Dirty Schwein’ Bastian Schweinsteiger joins Manchester United (again)
Manchester United are nearing a £7.5million deal for Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People. Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal is confident he can lure his former player away from the Allianz Arena and transfer negotiator Ed Woodward has been tasked with making it happen.
Is Van Gaal more confident of landing Schweinsteiger than he was last summer?
LOUIS VAN GAAL will turn to Bastian Schweinsteiger to kick-start his Manchester United revolution.
June 12 2014, Independent: “Bastian Schweinsteiger: Manchester United aim for Bayern Munich midfielder as their top summer target”
Manchester United have made Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger their top summer target, after new manager Louis van Gaal dismissed the ground work that David Moyes undertook in his pursuit of the 29-year-old’s fellow German Toni Kroos.
That’s the same Toni Kross in the Express said has joined United.
It was Van Gaal who made Schweinsteiger switch from a winger to a defensive midfielder with huge success, and the Dutchman currently masterminding Holland’s World Cup campaign in Brazil sees him as exactly what United need.
June 13 2014, Daily Express: “Louis Van Gaal makes £23m Bastian Schweinsteiger his TOP TARGET in Man Utd summer plans”
So. Bastian is Van Gaal’s Number one target. Just as Fabregas, as the M.E.N reported:
Louis van Gaal has identified Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas as his number one target for the upcoming transfer window.
June 13, M.E.N – “Schweinsteiger NOT on United wishlist”
So. Does the German wants to play for Manchester United? No, says the Daily Mail:
Bayern Munich will only countenance selling Bastian Schweinsteiger if the German World Cup winner asks to leave the club this summer. The 31-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United… But Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists the player has given no indication he wants to leave the Allianz Arena.
And as for the Mirror getting a scoop from Bayern, well, for get about that. In 2014, Bayern banned the Mirror:
The Sun went for “You Schwein” while The Daily Mirror had “You Dirty Schwein” — were a reference to the red card awarded to Schweinsteiger, who was playing for Bayern Munich in a European Champions League first-leg tie against Manchester United on Tuesday — after he fouled England star Wayne Rooney… Outraged by the headlines, Bayern have banned the two newspapers from attending Wednesday’s second-leg match at the club’s Allianz Arena stadium. The reigning German and European champions described the headlines as “disrespectful, discriminatory and personally insulting” in an official statement.
Bet the German can’t wait to play in England.
Such are the facts…