Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Germany international captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
The news was broken via the club’s official Twitter account on Monday and the 30-year-old becomes manager Louis van Gaal’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian.
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Schweinsteiger’s arrival may represent an excellent piece of business for the Red Devils as they look to pose a genuine threat to the Barclays Premier League title next season.
The deep-lying playmaker is still regarded as one of the best central midfielders in European football despite his advancing age and is set to become the first German to represent the United first-team.
He will arrive in Manchester as one of the most decorated players in the game as he’s won the Bundesliga title eight times and was in the Bayern squad that won the Champions League in 2012.
Arguably the finest moment of his career happened last summer when he played a crucial role in Germany being crowned world champions in Brazil.
Last season, Schweinsteiger started just 15 league games as he struggled with numerous injury problems, however, he was able to score five goals and also registered four assists when he was healthy enough to play.
He could be joined at United by Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin in the near future as van Gaal is reportedly keen on a brand new central midfield partnership and is hopeful of tying up a deal for the 25-year-old in time for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States [via talkSPORT].
The Red Devils were handed a boost in their attempts to land the Frenchman over the weekend as the Saints have reportedly earmarked a potential replacement in Feyenoord’s highly-rated midfielder Jordy Clasie [via Metro Sport].
Arsenal could still pose a threat to the Red Devils over the French star, who is understood to prefer a move to the Emirates Stadium [via Standard Sport], but it remains to be seen whether or not Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is willing to match the £25 million valuation.