Manchester United will set their sights on Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger – if a third bid for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas fails this week.

The Premier League ­champions have become aware of whispers in Germany that Schweinsteiger may not fit into Pep Guardiola’s new Bavarian blueprint.

And with United ­looking for top-class midfield alternatives should a final ­attempt to prise Fabregas away from the Nou Camp be unsuccessful the 29-year-old German would fit the bill perfectly.

United’s need for reinforcements is starting to become so desperate that they are preparing one final ­club-record bid for Fabregas worth ­£35million plus £5m in ­add-ons .

It is an offer that is powered by the belief that the 26-year-old wants to move to Old Trafford.