Football transfer latest: Man Utd sign Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin

Picture on May 23, 2015 Bayern Munich's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrating after the second goal during German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs 1 FSV Mainz 05 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. (AFP)

Manchester United's transfer flurry continued on Monday when they confirmed the captures of Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.

Schneiderlin signed on a four-year contract for a fee reported to be 25 million pounds while midfielder Schweinsteiger joined United on a three-year deal for a fee of around 14 million pounds.

Schweinsteiger, 30, came through the youth ranks at Bayern and spent 13 seasons with the Bavarians, winning the Bundesliga title eight times.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bayern Munich, it has been an incredible journey and I didn't take the decision to leave lightly. Manchester United is the only club that I would have left Munich for," the midfielder told United's website.

"I feel ready for this new and exciting challenge in what I regard as the most competitive league in the world and I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal again."

Schweinsteiger made 536 appearances for Bayern since his debut in 2002, also winning seven German Cups and the Champions League in 2013.

The 25-year-old Schneiderlin was playing in the English third tier with Southampton five years ago but helped the club return to the Premier League and was in France's 2014 World Cup squad.

"I am delighted to be a Manchester United player. Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make," Schneiderlin said.

"The chance to be part of this squad to help this great club be successful was too good to miss."

United, who have also signed Italy right back Matteo Darmian and Dutch international forward Memphis Depay, travel to the United States for a pre-season on Monday.


Bastian Schweinsteiger confirmed Sunday he will quit Bayern Munich for Manchester United, subject to a medical, as the German champions lost their first pre-season tournament without him.

Bayern announced on Saturday that they had agreed a transfer fee with United for the 30-year-old defensive midfielder, who is set to quit after 17 years to sign a three-year deal with the English club.

Schweinsteiger tweeted a picture of himself on a plane on Sunday with the caption: "One last dream in my career will come true. I'm excited about the next chapter in my career with Manchester United".

"Dear fans, after 17 incredible years at FC Bayern, 15 national titles, winning the historical triple and uncountable other highlights, I have decided to take a new career step," wrote Schweinsteiger on his Facebook page.

"This decision was very hard to make because you and FC Bayern 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 and my destination is Manchester United.

"I hope you understand my decision. No one can take away the incredible journey we had together."

He will be the first German to play for United.

According to both the German and UK media, United will pay Bayern around £14m (19.47m euros, $21.72m) and will see Schweinsteiger work again under former Bayern coach and present Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

The English giants are reported to be eager to complete the deal soon so that Schweinsteiger can join them when they fly out on their north American tour on Monday and he was due to have a medical on Sunday.

Man United close on Schneiderlin, eye Gaitan

Manchester United's transfer splurge looked set to intensify on Sunday following media reports that Southampton's France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin had undergone a medical with the Old Trafford club.

There was no confirmation from United, who agreed to sign Bayern Munich's Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and Italy's Torino right back Matteo Darmian this weekend.

Schneiderlin, 25, was playing in the English third tier with Southampton only five years ago but has impressed in the Premier League and was in France's World Cup squad last year.

Louis Van Gaal's team, who finished fourth in the Premier League last term, are also looking at a part swap deal involving Brazilian right back Rafael and Benfica's long-coveted Argentina winger Nicolas Gaitan.

"Benfica and Manchester United are in negotiations over Gaitan and one offer includes Rafael to join Benfica," Cassiano Pereira, Rafael's agent, told Portuguese newspaper Record.

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