Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger close to Manch­ester United move

Bhutan Times - - Sport -

Manch­ester United is close to com­plet­ing the sign­ing of Ger­many midfielder Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger from Bay­ern Mu­nich.

The 30-year-old is be­lieved to have told Bay­ern he does not want to ex­tend his con­tract, which runs to 2016.

The clubs are still to agree a fee, but United are pre­pared to give the World Cup win­ner a mas­sive in­crease on his salary.

Sch­we­in­steiger has made 536 ap­pear­ances for Bay­ern since his de­but in 2002.

Should the Ger­man ar­rive, it would be a sig­nif­i­cant state­ment of in­tent from the Old Traf­ford club, sim­i­lar to the one they made last sum­mer with the ar­rivals of An­gel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7m and the loan sign­ing of Radamel Fal­cao from Monaco.

While Fal­cao has since moved to Chelsea af­ter scor­ing only four goals for United and Di Maria was one of the play­ers man­ager Louis van Gaal said on Fri­day “had prob­lems” dur­ing his first sea­son, their pres­ence did un­der­line a de­sire to re­claim the club’s pre­vi­ous sta­tus in the Premier League.

Along with Real Madrid de­fender Ser­gio Ramos, Sch­we­in­steiger was iden­ti­fied ear­lier this sum­mer as a high-pro­file player United were in­ter- ested in.

While the chances of Ramos end­ing up at Old Traf­ford are tied up in the fu­ture of goal­keeper David De Gea - a tar­get for Real - Sch­we­in­steiger is ex­pected to end up as a United player.

The club have made only one sign­ing so far this sum­mer, with £31m winger Mem­phis De­pay ar­riv­ing from Dutch club PSV Eind­hoven.

How­ever, Ital­ian de­fender Mat­teo Darmian is fly­ing to Eng­land for a med­i­cal be­fore com­plet­ing a £13m move from Torino.

It is an­tic­i­pated he will travel with United for their pre-sea­son tour of the United States, which be­gins on Mon­day.

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