World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger has completed a move to join the Chicago Fire, the Major League Soccer club confirmed to the Chicago Tribune on Monday night.
The Manchester United midfielder has been a long-term target for Chicago, having been spotted meeting with Fire manager Veljko Paunovic in November.
With the former Germany star out of Jose Mourinho’s plans at Old Trafford, he could join up with the Fire as early as next week, pending only a visa and a medical, the Tribune reported.
“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 general manager Nelson Rodriguez told the paper.
“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 signed a designated player contract that will give pay him $4.5 million in 2017, according to the Tribune, which also said the deal was for one year with a mutual option for the future. – ESPN