Manchester United may have to look no further than Bayern Munich team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger in their search for a Toni Kroos alternative, with Pep Guardiola reportedly prepared to scrap the Germany international this summer.
The 29 year-old may not quite match Kroos’ technical mastery, but a Mannschaft centurion and seven-time Bundesliga winner, he’d certainly address United’s lack of quality in the middle of the park.
The Bayern vice-captain’s aggressive box-to-box style would go down well in the Premier League, and averaging around eight goals per season, he’d also improve the limited firepower of the Red Devils midfield, which has been one of its many criticisms this season.
In terms of quality, experience and style, Schweinsteiger fits the bill perfectly. He’s well acquainted with Louis van Gaal too, having served under him for two years at the Allianz Arena where the Dutchman converted the Germany star from a winger into a central midfielder.
Furthermore, the tabloids have claimed he could be available for as little as £9million this summer, with Guardiola viewing him too slow for the German champions’ new-found tica-taca style.