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Second Manchester United star closing in on Summer MLS move

Bastian Schweinsteiger could follow Ibrahimovic to MLS this summer with Chicago Fire interested

Bastian Schweinsteiger seems destined to finish his career in MLS with reports linking him with a move stateside refuse to go away as the Manchester United midfielder is once again being targeted by the Chicago Fire, according to Guillermo Rivera.

Schweinsteiger has fallen down the pecking order at United – featuring just four times this season in all competitions – and will surely be allowed to leave at the end of the season, despite the fact he has one more year remaining on his contract with the club.

The Red Devils are believed to be willing to terminate the German legend’s contract if a suitable offer is presented to the player and so he would be able to join on a free transfer from July 1.

Chicago Fire are thought to be keeping close tabs on the former Bayern Munich hero, even though they now have two of Major League Soccer’s best holding midfielders in Juninho and Dax McCarty following a busy winter of transfer activity.

If he does complete a move to MLS, Schweinsteiger could follow his current United teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic across the pond, as the striker has been offered a pay rise if he decides against staying in Manchester to instead join LA Galaxy in the coming months.

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Unlike Ibrahimovic, Schweinsteiger is not thought to have been offered more money to move to the United States and will instead have to accept his salary dropping from £140,000 per week to around £90,000, which works out as roughly $3.6 million per MLS season.

It is unclear just how much contact there has been between Chicago and the 32-year-old World Cup winner, although it is looking increasingly likely he will make the switch to MLS this year so don’t be surprised to see him pen a pre-contract agreement in the coming weeks.

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Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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