Bayern Munich midfielder and German national team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to move to English giants Manchester United, pending a medical examination, after the two clubs agreed a deal for the player. Schweinsteiger, who played a crucial role in Germany's World Cup win last year, had a contract with Bayern till the end of the 2016 season, but preferred a move to United instead of extending his stay with the German champions.
Details of the transfer
On 10 July, Germany's Bild newspaper first reported about the transfer, claiming a fee of 20 million euros had been agreed between United and Bayern. If the report is to be believed, Schweinsteiger will earn upto 10 million euros a year at United for the next three years. On Saturday, 11 July, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the speculations, explaining that it was Schweinsteiger's decision to leave his boyhood club for a new challenge. He, however, refused to go into the financial details of the transfer deal. Manchester United subsequently took to their Twitter account to confirm the news of the agreement.
Bastian Schweinsteiger's career highlights
A part of the Bayern Munich youth team since 1998, Bastian Schweinsteiger started his senior professional career at the club in 2002. He subsequently went on to win eight Bundesliga titles, seven German cups and one Champions League title with the club. He has represented the German national team 111 times since 2004, and after Philipp Lahm's retirement following Germany's World Cup win last year, took over the team's captain's armband. In 2012, he was part of the Bayern Munich side that played the Indian national team in Delhi in Bhaichung Bhutia's farewell match.