Juventus still after Bayern's Schweinsteiger

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Juventus has not given up on acquiring Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich, according to reports.

The Italian super-club inquired about Schweinsteiger this summer, but nothing concrete came out of the Bianconeri's supposed interest in the player. It was thought Juve had moved on to other targets, but according to Il Giornale, the team is still interested in bringing the German international to Turin.

The 24-year-old has been in the Bayern first-team squad since 2002; however, his contract runs out at the end of this season and he could be available for free if he does not sign an extension with the German giants.

Juventus seems to be the club in pole position, as it looks to find a replacement for the aging Pavel Nedved, who turned 36 this August.

However, Schweinsteiger is well-known after his international exploits in Euro 2004, the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008, where he performed admirably for his country, scoring some key goals. He is likely to attract plenty of interest from other clubs as well, including both Inter and AC Milan in Serie A.

Schweinsteiger scored the first goal of the Bundesliga in the new '08-09 season and has 59 caps and 17 goals for his country. He is a candidate to take over the German captaincy once Michael Ballack is no longer part of the national team setup.