Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has held talks with the Chicago Fire over a potential move to MLS.
Schweinsteiger, 32, has endured a frustrating eighteen month spell at Old Trafford, himself frozen out of the first team picture since Jose Mourinho’s arrival and confirmed United would be his “last club in Europe”.
The Express reported that the former German international and World Cup winner held talks with Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic on Wednesday afternoon for lunch, where it is understood the possibility of a move across the Atlantic was discussed.
Although Schweinsteiger has now returned to training with the first team, having previously been ordered to train with the under-21 side, he is no closer to returning to the starting XI and a transfer away in January appears to be the best solution for both parties.
After finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference last season and dead last in the overall MLS standings, the Fire will be looking to make a significant splash in the market to help revitalise a struggling franchise. Currently, David Accam is the only designated player registered to their roster, leaving two more DP slots to be filled by the franchise, should they choose to do so, for next season.
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Winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, DFB-Ligapokal, DFL-Supercup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and World Cup has made Schweinsteiger one of the most decorated active players in world football.
Having failed to make the playoffs since 2012, and qualifying for the postseason only once since 2010, they are a franchise in need of success and Schweinsteiger’s background and CV suggest he could be the man to bring it to Toyota Park next season.
He would be in for a max contract should he move to Chicago, with coach Paunovic looking to add to the possible addition of Schweinsteiger as he continues to scout across Europe looking for talent to add to his squad.