German legend urges £25m United target to focus on future MLS switch instead

German football icon Franz Beckenbauer has told Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger to ignore interest from Manchester United as a move to Major League Soccer in the near future would be better suited.

Schweinsteiger is being strongly linked with a move away from Bayern this summer as he has just one year left on his contract and doesn’t appear to be close to penning a new deal.

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is believed to be keen to sign the German midfield powerhouse, who is rated at £24.6 million by, with Chelsea also linked.

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But Beckenbauer believes a move to the Premier League at this stage of Schweinsteiger’s career would only be detrimental to the 30-year-old World Cup winner.

“Adapting to a different European league is difficult at his age,” Beckenbauer told German outlet Bild.

“He has played with great force and put a lot of pressure on his body for many years. That saps energy. He could end his career in the USA instead.

“If I was in his place, I would stay one or two years more at Bayern. Until then, he can still perform at the highest level.”

It’s not the first time Schweinsteiger’s name has been linked with a move to MLS as only as recently as April, the New York Red Bulls were being tipped as a possible destination.

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While in February, the player himself told the LA Times that he likes the idea of a move to the United States.

“We will see what happens in the future. But to be honest, I like the States.

“The quality is going to be better and better and [so] I could see that,” he said when asked about an MLS move.

Should Bastian Schweinsteiger ignore Manchester United interest this summer? Should he move to MLS when his Bayern Munich contract expires?


Bayern Munich planning summer moves for Chelsea and Everton defenders

German giants Bayern Munich are looking to bolster their backline this summer and want Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and Everton’s Seamus Coleman, according to reports in Germany.

Pep Guardiola sees the right-back spot as an area which needs strengthening and is looking to the Premier League for a replacement for current starter, Rafinha.

Bayern’s interest in Coleman was reported last month but now the Bundesliga leaders are looking at Ivanovic too, according to Bild.

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Guardiola is believed to be a big fan of the versatile Serbian defender, who can operate at right-back or in the heart of defence, but Chelsea would be reluctant to letting him leave.

Ivanovic’s current Chelsea contract expires in the summer of 2016 so Bayern are hoping to sign the 31 year old in a cut-price deal.

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also keeping an eye on Ivanovic’s situation and if he is not offered a new deal at Chelsea in the coming months, the Blues can expect to receive offers.

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Ivanovic has played in all 29 of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season, scoring an impressive four goals with five assists, and is an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s team.

As well as Coleman and Ivanovic, Bayern are also said to be looking at Italian right-back Matteo Darmian, who plays for Serie A side Torino and is also a target of Manchester United.

Who would be a better signing for Bayern Munich – Coleman or Ivanovic?