Manchester United are lining up a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, as Louis van Gaal looks for a re-union with the German international.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Manchester United according to reports across England.

The German midfielder, who is currently preparing for this side’s opening game against Portugal in the World Cup, is reportedly being targeted by Manchester United as they look to strengthen their midfield in the summer. Louis van Gaal, who will take over at Old Trafford at the end of the World Cup, is believed to be keen for a reunion with the Bayern Munich player. Schweinsteiger was a key member of the Bayern squad which won a famous double under the Dutchman during his stint at the German club.

United are believed to be the only suitor for Schweinsteiger at the moment and recent flurry of bets have forced Sky Bet to slash the odds on the 29-year-old joining Manchester United in this transfer window.

We’ve seen a flurry of bets on United signing Schweinsteiger this summer on the back of widespread speculation that he is Van Gaal’s primary target.

“It remains to be seen whether it is merely punters following the news or whether it is genuinely informed money, but we’ve been forced to cut his price significantly, having offered 5/2 on Friday morning.

“There seems to be little competition for his services at the moment, with Monaco next in the betting at 16/1 and attracting very little interest.” – Paul Wiggins, head of football trading at Sky Bet, said.

Despite these rumours, it seems highly unlikely that Schweinsteiger will be willing to leave Bayern Munich, or for that matter Bayern willing to sell him. He has been at the club since his youth and would be sceptical about moving away from the club where he has already won so many honours. Moreover, Pep Guardiola sees him as a key member of the squad and will be unwilling to part ways with the German international any time soon, especially with rumours suggesting the possible exit of Javi Martinez in this window. Schweinsteiger made 22 starts in the League last season as he struggled with his fitness, but he now hoping to guide the German national side to World Cup glory in Brazil.