Both Manchester United and Bayern Munich have confirmed that the two clubs have reached an agreement over the transfer of German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. The move will be completed once personal terms are agreed and Schweinsteiger has completed his medical in Manchester.
It is believed that 30-year old Schweinsteiger has informed Bayern Munich that doesn’t want to extend his current contract, which runs until 2016.
Schweinsteiger joined Bayern Munich as a youth player in July 1998 and rose through the club’s youth ranks before making his first team debut in 2002, going on to make 536 appearances for the German giants.
Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was the first to confirm the agreement, saying:
My colleagues from Manchester United have been in touch. We’ve reached an agreement.
Rummenigge feels Bayern were left with no choice but to let Schweinsteiger go, as he wants a new challenge in his career.
It’s regrettable because Bastian meant a great deal to the club.
He’s achieved great things but wants to do something new at the end of his career. He asked that we meet his wishes.
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 still wants to gain a new experience.
One of the biggest attractions of Manchester United for Schweinsteiger must be the fact that he will be playing under Louis Van Gaal once again. Van Gaal was the manager of Bayern Munich from 2009 until 2011.
Schweinsteiger will bring some much needed experience and winning mentality to the Manchester United. As well as having over 500 games for Bayern Munich, he also has 111 caps for the German national side. Helping them win the World Cup in 2014.