Within 24 hrs after the unveiling of new signing Memphis Depay and the medicals of Italian wing back Matteo Darmian, news broke of the imminent capture of German International Bastian Schweinsteiger, a move which will see him earn £10m annual salary according BILD Newspaper.
United under Louis Van Gaal has been able to take away the veil of shame which David Moyes and Ed Woodward covered the club with in the last 2 summer transfer window when they were linked with all the high profile players in Europe and ended up settling and paying much for M. Fellaini.
Looking at how Manchester United have handled their transfer business thus far this summer one cannot accuse them of not knowing exactly what they are doing.
Having narrowly managed their way back into the top four last season and securing a place in Europe top competition though they have first to pass through the hurdle of the qualification through play-off. United are a club on a mission to end their two trophy less years.
The clearest message the red devils have sent so far is the signing of the German world cup and Champions League winner.
Many may argue that United do not need his services that much than they need that of a striker especially with the sale of Robin Van Persie edging closer and closer and the departure of Nani to go with it. Schweinsteiger largely operates in the centre on but he is versatile enough to provide an option on the wing, either left or right. He is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world. Schweinsteiger possesses a fearsome shot from range as well as a wicked delivery from set-pieces and his boundless energy serves him well. Dubbed the "Midfield Motor", Schweinsteiger is also a superb reader of the game and has scored spectacularly due to his good positioning. He has been called "the brain" of the German national team by his coach Joachim Löw. He has been voted as the best German player in 2013. He is also known as the "midfield mastermind".
Having a "midfield mastermind" in the united team provides all other players in the attacking department freedom to operate at their best positions and to the best of their abilities especially technically gifted players like:Wayne Rooney, Mata, Depay and Di Maria if he remains at the club.
Schweinsteiger's wealth of experience will not only be required on the field of play but also on the training ground and in and around the dressing room. The presence of such a player in a team usually sends a clear message of the common goal of the team. Because Bastain is a man familiar with success so too is Louis Van Gaal.
According to the BBC "Schweinsteiger has made 536 appearances for Bayern since his debut in 2002.
Should the German arrive, it would be a significant statement of intent from the Old Trafford club, similar to the one they made last summer with the arrivals of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7m and the loan signing of Radamel Falcao from Monaco.
While Falcao has since moved to Chelsea after scoring only four goals for United and Di Maria was one of the players manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday "had problems" during his first season, their presence did underline a desire to reclaim the club's previous status in the Premier League.
Along with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, Schweinsteiger was identified earlier this summer as a high-profile player United were interested in.
While the chances of Ramos ending up at Old Trafford are tied up in the future of goalkeeper David De Gea - a target for Real - Schweinsteiger is expected to end up as a United player".
WHAT LEGENDS FEEL ABOUT THE PLAYER
"If I was to pick my standout it would have to be, in a World Cup year, a World Cup winner. Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger were all excellent, but if I had to pick one as my player of the year it would be Schweinsteiger."
–Paul Scholes, Manchester United legend
"I have been really impressed by the Germany captain so far in Euro 2012 and he is the kind of midfield player that I really like. He can do everything. He tackles, defends, is powerful when going forward, has a good shot and is also good on the ball."
–Patrick Vieira, former French International
Bundesliga: 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
DFB-Pokal: 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14
DFB-Ligapokal: 2004, 2007
DFL-Supercup: 2010, 2012
UEFA Champions League: 2012–13
UEFA Super Cup: 2013
FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
FIFA World Cup: 2014
FIFA World Cup Third Place: 2006, 2010
FIFA Confederations Cup Third Place: 2005
UEFA European Football Championship Third Place: 2012
UEFA European Football Championship Runner-up: 2008
Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: 2006, 2010, 2014
FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2010
ESM Team of the Year: 2012–13
Footballer of the Year in Germany: 2013
UEFA Best Player in Europe Award 2013: (7th place)