This is one of the news Manchester United supporters will genuinely relish. Bayern Munich vice-captain and 111-time Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to leave his beloved club to conclude years of speculation linking him with the English record champion. The 30-year old will join the Old Trafford outfit on a three-year contract that is due to scoop him €10 million per season. He will cost the club around €20 million.
Schweinsteiger is considered a living legend by Bayern Munich supporters and the club was urged to keep the player until the last minute, with fans starting petitions amongst other measures. In 13 years as a senior squad member, Schweinsteiger accumulated 500 official appearances and contributed 67 goals along the way. The central midfielder also managed an impressive 70 assists in 342 Bundesliga games during his Bayern Munich career.
Schweinsteiger’s purchase addresses one of United’s main issues of the past few years by adding genuine quality, experience and a degree of class to the team’s central midfield. The German will certainly take the pressure of Michael Carrick and is set to improve the level of creativity in the team. Ultimately, this purchase will stabilise the team’s spine and give United even more control of the ball than last season.
The Germany midfielder will be turning 31 next month but given that Schweinsteiger has never really relied on speed, age might not make any difference to the player’s success in England. If the German manages to stay fit, he will certainly become one of the Premier League’s best performing midfielders, after reuniting with his old manager Louis van Gaal. After winger Memphis Depay and right-back Matteo Darmian, Schweinsteiger becomes the Red Devils’ third major signing of the summer.