Bastian Schweinsteiger has completed his move to Manchester United from Bayern Munich, signing a three-year contract with the Red Devils.
The Germany international flew into Manchester over the weekend, underwent a medical on Sunday and has now penned personal terms to seal his £14 million move.
The transfer marks a reunion with former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, with the Dutchman having been the driving force behind a deal for a player he helped turn into one of the world’s best central midfielders.
#mufc is delighted to announce the signing of @BSchweinsteiger from Bayern Munich on a 3-year contract. #WelcomeBastipic.twitter.com/jGcC2K1HLD
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 13, 2015
Van Gaal believes Schweinsteiger’s experience will be invaluable to his squad, and will soon be able to partner the German alongside Morgan Schneiderlin after agreeing a deal with Southampton for the Frenchman.
The duo are likely to compete with Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind for places in United’s starting XI next season, while more arrivals – including a centre-back and striker – are expected.
The Red Devils are also yet to resolve David De Gea’s future, though Real Madrid’s move for Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has given them renewed hope, while Angel Di Maria could be on the verge of a summer exit.
Schweinsteiger won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League with Bayern, also winning the World Cup last summer, and paid tribute to a club he has spent his entire career at.
“After 17 incredible years at FC Bayern, 15 national titles, winning the historical triple and uncountable other highlights that I was fortunate enough to experience with my incredible team, all you exceptional fans and the co-workers at Sabener Strasse and Allianz Arena, I have decided to take a new career step,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
“This decision was very hard to make because you and FCB have, are and will always be an extremely important part of my life. Nevertheless, I would like to again gain experience at a new club. My destination is Manchester United. I hope you understand my decision. No one can take away the incredible journey we had together.”