CONFIRMED : Manchester United star ready to quit club for Major League Soccer

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According to reports, German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger has set his sights on a January move to the MLS after being told that his Manchester United career is over.

Schweinsteiger, who earns £180,000 a week, is owed around £18m in wages with two years left on his Old Trafford contract. Manchester United are keen to offload the German international and the club is willing to pay off the remainder of his contract. The English side have offered Schweinsteiger £9.6m in order to terminate the contract, according to the German daily Sport Bild.

It has also been speculated that he will leave Manchester United when the January transfer window opens up, and the Chicago Fire could be the new destination for the midfielder. Schweinsteiger is at the senior stage in his professional career yet at the same time still could offer a lot for any team, despite the United boss giving him zero minutes this season in the field.

The gossip about German star Bastian Schweinsteiger to MLS took a captivating turn this week when English outlet The Express reported that the out-of-favor Manchester United midfielder met with Chicago Fire head boss Veljko Paunovic in England on Wednesday.

The Express followed Schweinsteiger to an eatery outside Manchester, where he supposedly sat down with Paunovic for a four-hour lunch. A Fire representative wouldn’t affirm on Friday that the meeting occurred, however, said that Paunovic is at present in Europe on a scouting trip.

The World Cup winner has been connected with the Fire some time recently, yet up until this point, the reports originated from speculation and unsourced gossip on online journals. Presently, there is some quite obvious verification that Schweinsteiger is on the MLS side’s radar and the other way around.

Schweinsteiger won eight Bundesliga titles in 13 years with Bayern Munich and is one of the most legendary players in the history of the football. The German moved to Manchester United last summer and the German himself said in August that Manchester United would be his last club in Europe. So it is more or less confirmed that if the German leaves Old Trafford, clubs outside Europe will be his obvious destination and by his current wage demand, MLS perfectly fits the bill.

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