Manchester United are interested in signing Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger in the January transfer window according to reports. The Germany international's contract with the Bundesliga club expires in 2012, and there have been suggestions that the 26-year-old could make a move away from the club.

Now The Mirror claims that United are pondering making a £12m swoop to land their target, amid interest from Chelsea as well as Manchester City.

It is thought that Sir Alex Ferguson may be prepared to step up his interest, as United may be unable to match Chelsea and Manchester City in terms of financial muscle during the summer.

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