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Imminent transfers for a complete midfield overhaul

Schweinsteiger_29660811Like a diabetic in a sweet shop all this midfield transfer activity has become a little overwhelming. For years under the Sir Alex Ferguson most of us just accepted that a midfield was a luxury and not a necessity. It seems Van Gaal is happy to introduce a radical idea of having players in the middle of the park, rather than the Chilean number six Émpty Spacé that’s occupied the role for years.

Last night Europe’s biggest selling newspaper Bild broke the story that Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to sign for United for an approximate fee of 18 million Euros. The German publication have since penned a good luck letter to the German international this morning and put the announcement on their front page.

Though the 30 year old has countless honours, indisputable quality and a wealth of experience-not to mention Bastian has played under Van Gaal before-there are still doubts over the signing. These have largely come because of the midfielder’s recent injury record and his age, but in a time where United need quick fixes for fast results a signing like this could be pivotal in next season’s title challenge.

More news broke last night in Manchester that the signing of the German midfielder would not be instead of but rather alongside the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin. Van Gaal is looking to reinforce the midfield so is still interested in bringing Southampton’s star midfielder to Old Tafford even if Schweinsteiger arrives in Manchester this week.

Both James Robson from Manchester Evening News and Greg Stobart from have run stories that the United boss wants both midfielders in the squad next season. A midfield that would be indisputably formidable and something United have missed since the days of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane.

Media outlets are running stories that Van Gaal wants the transfers completed by Monday, but this is undoubtedly wild speculation. With Bayern Munich due to reveal their 2015-2016 squad later today in Munich, the absence or presence of Schweinsteiger will dictate how likely he’ll be wearing Manchester red next season.

William Dawson