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Manchester United agree Bastian Schweinsteiger move to Chicago Fire

Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to complete a move to Chicago Fire in the coming days and after winning almost every trophy on offer with Bayern Munich and Germany, before a nightmare spell with Manchester United.

Former United manager Louis van Gaal signed the German for around £14.5m from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015.

His first start in a year was in the FA Cup against Wigan Athletic in January. He has only played four games this season in all competitions and has not featured in the current Premier League campaign at all.

The midfielder had been frozen out by Jose Mourinho but began to train with the first-team again before Christmas and looked to have a future at the club at least for the rest of the season.

The American club are offering him a one-year contract worth £70,000 a week - which will make him one of the ten highest-paid players in the MLS - after agreeing a deal with United late on Monday night.

Schweinsteiger was linked with a move to Chicago earlier this season but opted to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place.

Chicago are attempting to rebuild after two disappointing seasons that saw them finish bottom of the MLS standings and Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez is hoping Schweinsteiger can help instill a winning mentality into the squad.

"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," Rodriguez said.

"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."

Schweinsteiger said: "Throughout my career, I've always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great.

"My move to Chicago Fire is no different. Through my conversations with Nelson [Rodriguez] and Pauno [Veljko Paunovic], I'm convinced by the club's vision and philosophy and I want to help them with this project."