Manchester United transfer news: United 'close in' on £7.5m deal for Bastian Schweinsteiger

The German international has one year left on his contract

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Manchester United are close to completing the £7.5m transfer of Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to reports.

The Sunday Mirror have reported that Louis van Gaal wants to link up again with his former player. Van Gaal coached Schweinsteiger when in charge of Bayern between 2009 and 2011.

Schweinsteiger, 30, has just one year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena.

Germany great Lothar Matthaus had said: “Schweinsteiger needs a coach who will play him according to his strengths, and Van Gaal will do that."

 

Manchester United manager Van Gaal recently said he is looking forward to the challenge of building his new-look team for next season.

The Dutch coach spent £150million last summer to take the team back into the Champions League and will get the same again this summer as he looks to have the club challenging for the Premier League title and for domestic and European silverware.

"It is enjoyable because you are preparing a team," he told the Manchester United website.

"You have to make a team probably - it's dependable how much new players are coming."

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