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London club, Arsenal, are alleged to be lining up a move for German midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The footballer, who currently calls the Allianz Arena, Munich, home, would be a perfect replacement for recently-departed player, Cesc Fabregas. However, the German international could prove a difficult catch for Arsene Wenger, especially as the transfer window is just a few days from slamming shut on the Frenchman's fingers. The acquisition of this player would surely help their Premier league odds.
Schweinsteiger, who began his sports career as a junior skier, has been playing for Bayern Munich, in some form or another, since 1998, when he was just 14-years-old. 'Schweini' has notched up 26 goals in 252 appearances for the former Bundesliga champions, where he currently operates as the vice-captain, under Philip Lahm.
Given Schweinsteiger's lengthy history at Bayern, it is debatable whether Arsenal – or indeed, any club – would be able to tempt the German away from the side. He has reportedly drawn the interest of Manchester United and Chelsea, in recent years, but their wooing has, thus far, come to naught.
Schweinsteiger has come under fire at Bayern, in recent days, for his “lack of leadership” on the pitch, alongside skipper, Lahm. Former Bayern 'keeper, Oliver Kahn, ignited the debate by accusing Schweini and Lahm of being the reason for Bayern's “lull in titles”, but football legend, Franz Beckenbauer added to the chorus, yesterday, by stating, “I think Oliver Kahn is right”.
However, Schweinsteiger has already demonstrated his commitment to Bayern, over the past decade, which makes a sudden 'strop and exit' seem unlikely, even in the face of a critique from his seniors.
Perhaps more importantly, Bayern Munich are attempting to bring in new blood, to buoy their chances of re-claiming the Bundesliga crown, next year. The team may not want to sell any players at all, let alone one of their star midfielders.
Arsenal, who haven't won a major trophy since 2005, have also been linked to Real Madrid's, Kaka, and German player, Per Mertesacker, of Werder Bremen to boost their chances of trophy success this year. Look out for them in the FA Cup betting.