MLS side Chicago Fire have signed Manchester United’s German veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger on a bumper contract.
Chicago confirmed the move on Monday to the Chicago Tribune, and the 32-year-old could link up with his new team as early as Wednesday.
Schweinsteiger will join the club as a designated player on a one-year deal worth a reported US$4.5 million.
The club’s general manager says Scheinsteiger’s signing will set new standards for the club.
“We’re adding someone who has won at every level, including the very highest levels, and has done so in a way that is consistent with our values,” Nelson Rodriguez told the Tribune.
“We as a club will now be forced to hold ourselves to a higher standard, an accountability level.
“Previously, I think we could satisfy ourselves with what is known domestically. Now we need to rise to a standard that is set more internationally.”
Chicago have finished on the bottom of the MLS’ Eastern Conference the past two seasons.
Schweinsteiger played 18 games for United after signing from Bayern Munich in 2015, where he made more than 300 appearances.
Schweinsteiger called time on his international career with Germany in 2016 with 121 caps under his belt.
The midfielder endured an often tumultuous relationship with red Devils boss Jose Mourinho, who froze him out of first team contention at stages of the 2016-17 season.