United seal deal for Bayern icon Schweinsteiger
Manchester United have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich to sign midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The statement-making move, which is subject to a medical and personal terms, would see the 30-year-old World Cup winner, who has spent his entire career at Bayern, link up once again with manager Louis van Gaal.
"Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Bayern Munich to sign midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, subject to a medical and personal terms," a statement on United's official website said of a move which will be the stand-out deal of the summer so far.
United boss Van Gaal worked with Schweinsteiger during his spell in Munich and has been keen to recruit his former charge to bolster a midfield which currently relies heavily on Michael Carrick, 34 later this month, and Daley Blind.
The club confirmed the news after Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the agreement between the two clubs earlier yesterday. Rummenigge said he met with Schweinsteiger on Friday and the midfielder said he had decided to go.
"We have responded to this request," Rummenigge said. "My colleague from Manchester United has contacted me. We have agreed on a transfer. We tried to convince him to stay with Bayern Munich. But I also understand that a player who has spent 17 years at Bayern Munich, at the end of his career still wants to gain a new experience."
Describing him as "an icon, a legend", the chairman also said he hoped to see Schweinsteiger back at the club in the future. "He has done great things here, he has won everything," he added. "I suggest to him that we will give him a great farewell match in Munich when he finishes his career, whenever that will be. And when he stops, we will talk about whether there is a second career for him here at Bayern."
Schweinsteiger has won the Bundesliga eight times, lifted the Champions League trophy with Bayern in 2013 and was part of Germany's World Cup-winning squad last summer.
Schweinsteiger, who has won 111 caps for Germany, is now poised to become United's second major signing of the summer following the £25m arrival of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven. United head to America on their pre-season tour tomorrow, with Schweinsteiger expected to be part of it.
Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has ruled out a move to Manchester City and insisted he will stay with Tim Sherwood's side. Delph did not fly out with the rest of the Villa squad for their training camp in Portugal on Thursday amid speculation that he was poised for an £8m move to City.
But Delph has dismissed the story. "I'm not leaving," he said. "I'm staying at the football club and I can't wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club."
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