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With difficulties signing Steven Gerrard and Daniele De Rossi, Real Madrid have begun to explore other opportunities in midfield and have settled on the German talisman as the new transfer target of the summer....

As reported by AS, Bastian Schweinsteiger is Madrid's new midfield transfer target as the operations to bring either Roma's Daniele De Rossi or Liverpool's Steven Gerrard have stalled. According to reports, new Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is enchanted by the German midfielder's World Cup performances in South Africa this summer and the Bayern Munich talisman now heads Los Blancos' list of transfer targets.

With Schweinsteiger opening the doors to negotiations with Madrid yesterday in a press conference, coyly declaring that his favourite colour is white, it seems as if passing interest has assumed a more formal tone. Hailed as a 'box to box' midfielder, Schweinsteiger has become Mourinho's man to reinforce the midfield, with Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez serving as the alternative.

It is, however, anticipated that taking Schweinsteiger to the Santiago Bernabeu will not be without hiccup. Although the relationship between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid is a healthy one, Bayern president Uli Hoeness has a reputation for being a difficult negotiator. Schweinsteiger's clause to rescind his contract is worth €55 million, a fee Madrid would find too steep to justify. It remains to be seen whether an agreement will be able to be reached.

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