Friday 20 April 2018

Bastian Schweinsteiger agrees to leave Manchester United and could be gone as early as next week

Bastian Schweinsteiger has played his last game for Manchester United after the club agreed a deal with Chicago Fire
Bastian Schweinsteiger has played his last game for Manchester United after the club agreed a deal with Chicago Fire

Jack de Menezes

Bastian Schweinsteiger has agreed to join MLS side Chicago Fire, with the midfielder set to leave Manchester United as early as next week to move to the United States.

The World Cup winner has been frozen out at United after failing to feature in manager Jose Mourinho’s plans, and looked certain to be on his way out of Old Trafford at the end of the season. But his departure looks to have been brought forwards after Chicago Fire confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that Schweinsteiger has agreed to join them, with a Schweinsteiger needing to complete a medical and gain a US visa before completing the transfer.

Should everything go as planned, Schweinsteiger could be a Chicago player by the end of next week, before United’s next match against West Bromwich Albion on April 1.

The 32-year-old had been pictured meeting with Chicago manager, Veljko Paunovic, last November, having been a long-term target of the MLS side, and could earn as much as $4.5m according to reports in the US, having agreed a one-year contract.

"We're adding someone who has won at every level, including the very highest levels, and has done so in a way that is consistent with our values," Fire’s general manager Nelson Rodriguez told the Tribune.

"We as a club will now be forced to hold ourselves to a higher standard, an accountability level. Previously, I think we could satisfy ourselves with what is known domestically. Now we need to rise to a standard that is set more internationally."

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