After enduring a few quiet weeks on the transfer front in the earlier part of the summer, and watching several mooted targets slip through their fingers to join their rivals, Manchester United have finally sprung into action and are close to confirming three new deals this week for Matteo Darmian , Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The acquisition of Schweinsteiger is clearly one that has captured the imagination of Red Devils all over the world, with several outlets claiming that a fee has already been agreed with the Bavarians and the soon to be 31-year-old World Cup winner is scheduled for a medical as early as Monday.
With comments on United’s official website confirming the signing of the marquee player , followed by Bayern’s announcement that the midfield legend is set to depart the Allianz Arena, the social media is abuzz with claims and counter claims concerning the terms of the deal.
The Sky Sports has reported that United will pay a £14.4 million fee to the German Champions , with the player having already agreed personal terms with the club and set for a medical later today.
Meanwhile, the Guardian has claimed that the midfielder will earn £140,000-a-week at Old Trafford. Guardian journalist Jamie Jackson, while speaking to talkSPORT, has claimed that the move is likely to go ahead without any hiccups, with the announcement of agreement of personal terms and the medical a mere formality, with the move expected to be concluded by Monday.
Jackson reportedly stated:
“Personal terms and a medical I would say are a formality.The hope is to get those things done and get him on the plane for when the club fly out on Monday to Seattle to start the four-game pre-season summer tour.”
The move sees the player reunited with his former mentor Louis Van Gaal, who in his three year stint at the Bavarians was responsible for converting him into a world class midfielder from a winger.
With five goals and four assists in the Bundesliga last term, Schweinsteiger has the penchant for providing goals from midfield and has the potential to turn into an astute buy for the Red Devils.
With 111 international caps to his name for the world cup winners Germany, he has the experience and the knowhow of playing on the biggest stages in the game, and Van Gaal will hope he can channel some of that into the United midfield, which looked short several times last season , particularly in the absence of Michael Carrick.
The German becomes United’s third new signing this season, with the club having already confirmed the arrivals of Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay, as Louis van Gaal looks to mount a credible assault on Premier League glory at the second time of asking.