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Man Utd confirm deal to sign Schweinsteiger

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Schweinsteiger set to be reunited with Van Gaal
Schweinsteiger set to be reunited with Van Gaal

Manchester United have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich to sign midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The statement-making move, which is subject to a medical and personal terms, would see the 30-year-old World Cup winner, who has spent his entire career at Bayern, link up once again with manager Louis van Gaal.

United boss Van Gaal worked with Schweinsteiger during his own spell in Munich and has been keen to recruit his former charge to bolster a midfield which currently relies heavily on Michael Carrick, 34 later this month, and Daley Blind, with concerns over the amount of cover offered in front of defence.

The Old Trafford club confirmed the news after Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the agreement between the two clubs earlier on Saturday.

Speaking to the Bayern website, Rummenigge said he met with Schweinsteiger on Friday and the midfielder said he had decided to go.

"We have responded to this request," Rummenigge said. "My colleague from Manchester United has contacted me. We have agreed on a transfer."

Rummenigge added: "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, at the end of his career still wants to gain a new experience."

Describing him as "an icon, a legend", the chairman also said he hoped to see Schweinsteiger back at the club in the future.

"He has done great things here, he has won everything," he said. "I suggest to him that we will give him a great farewell match in Munich when he finishes his career, whenever that will be. And when he stops, we will talk about whether there is a second career for him here at Bayern."

Schweinsteiger has won the Bundesliga eight times, lifted the Champions League with Bayern in 2013 and was part of Germany's World Cup winning squad last summer.

Schweinsteiger, who has won 111 caps for Germany, is now poised to become United's second signing of the summer following the £25million arrival of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven.

Germany coach Joachim Low said the midfielder would thrive at United.

"Basti is an absolute leader and world-class player who can put his stamp on any team, including of course Manchester United," he said on www.dfb.de.

"He knows Louis van Gaal, who wanted him unconditionally. I know from him that he still has big ambitions and goals.

"He will approach his new challenge in England like we all know him - with dedication and highly-motivated. For Bayern and the Bundesliga his departure is without question a loss."

Bayern team-mate Franck Ribery admitted to being "very, very sad", adding: "I believe that all of Bayern is sad. He won everything with us. He is a really good friend of mine. But such is football. I can only wish him lots of luck."

United head to America on their pre-season tour on Monday, with Schweinsteiger now expected to be part of the group.