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Bastian Schweinsteiger 'flattered' by Man Utd interest

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Schweinsteiger tempted by United move
Schweinsteiger tempted by United move

Bastian Schweinsteiger is flattered by interest from Manchester United, according to Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

United have been linked with a move for German World Cup winner Schweinsteiger throughout this summer, with the comments from Rummenigge suggesting their interest in the battle-hardened midfielder is still very real.

"I have spoken to Bastian on the phone while we have been on holiday and will speak again now that he is back,” he said.

“I cannot deny the fact that I have understood during these conversations that he is flattered by the interest from England.”

Rummenigge also denied reports that a deal that would see Angel di Maria move to Bayern and Thomas Muller or Mario Götze moving to United in a high profile swap deal was a possibility ahead of the new season.

"That has never been our thinking and not Manchester’s either," stated the Bayern chief, with a possible move to Muller in particular  always appearing to be a major long shot for United.

With United seemingly reluctant to return with a second offer for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, the suspicion that they have an alternative target in mind for their midfield role will now gather momentum and Schweinsteiger is an intriguing option for United boss Louis van Gaal.

Meanwhile, United striker Robin van Persie is set to undergo a medical at Fenerbahce, after a deal for the Dutch forward to move to Turkey was agreed.