BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER TO JOIN CHICAGO FIRE
Manchester United have agreed to let midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger join MLS side Chicago Fire.
A deal between the clubs was agreed on Monday and is subject to a medical and visa being secured.
The former Germany captain, 32, has signed a one-year contract, according to the Chicago Tribune newspaper.
“I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United,” he said. “But I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up this challenge.”
He added: “I have enjoyed working with the manager, players and staff but I have to reserve special thanks to the fans. I will always remember their energy and their passion.”
Schweinsteiger, who led Germany to World Cup victory in 2014, had talks with Chicago Fire last year but opted to stay at United beyond the end of the January window.
However, Fire requested the midfielder join them now and, as Schweinsteiger was unlikely to play any significant part at United for the remainder of the season, the Old Trafford club have sanctioned his exit.