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Is MLS a Next Move for Bastian Schweinsteiger?

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Bastian Schweinsteiger plays for the national team of Germany and English club Manchester United as a central mid-fielder. He has been the Captain of the German national team since September 2014. Bastian Schweinsteiger played his first international match against Hungary in 2004. He created a name for himself at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and he was only 21 years old! He soon after won the ‘Man of the Match’ award. Schweinsteiger had played 41 international matches for the national team of Germany by the age of 22. He led Germany to victory over San Marino in Euro 2008. He played against the United Arab Emirates for the first time as captain of the national team.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was a crucial figure in Bayern winning the Bundesliga title in 2013. Success was kind on Schweinsteiger during the 2012-13 season as he made his mark against DFB-Pokal, Bundesliga and Champions League. He grabbed the ‘German Player of the Year’ 2013. And he couldn’t deserve it more. But, after all these successful years, many football fans around the world are wondering what’s next for this great mid-fielder and are placing their bets with and are looking for a resolution of this situation.

Fans are speculating that Bastian Schweinsteiger has set his sights firmly on a move to the United States in January to Chicago Fire who are leading the chase for the great Manchester United midfielder. Schweinsteiger declined numerous offers from English and European clubs in the summer so he could stay at Old Trafford, despite Jose Mourinho making it clear to the 32-year-old that he would not be part of his plans.

Manchester United even wrote off Schweinsteiger as an asset in their plans for the 2015/16 financial year but it is very possible the Bayern Munich legend was reluctant to rush a decision over his future and was eager to see what options arose in the MLS. Chicago Fire have entered talks with Schweinsteiger in the hope of signing the player for the next MLS season, which begins in March. They finished bottom of the Eastern Conference and last in the overall table in the regular 2016 campaign, which has just concluded, after winning only seven of their 34 games. So, it is not a wonder why they are chasing one of the best European players.

The MLS Cup took place on December 10 and many clubs are already making plans and resolutions for next season and Chicago are most likely to face competition for Schweinsteiger’s signature. Schweinsteiger met for dinner with Veljko Paunovic, Chicago’s head coach, at an Italian restaurant in Hale, Cheshire, close to where the player lives, last Friday. Paunovic is a Serb just like Schweinsteiger’s wife, Ana Ivanovic, the famous tennis player.

United are fine with Schweinsteiger exploring his options as he probably plans to end his Old Trafford fiasco and Ed Woodward, the club’s vice chairman, is in the talks with the midfielder’s agent, Robert Schneider, about the whole transfer situation.

Schweinsteiger had been training on his own at United’s Carrington training ground since July after being removed from the first team dressing room by the coach Jose Mourinho. However, he was allowed to re-join first team training at the end of October, mainly to enable him to keep in shape ahead of a planned move. Mourinho called it a “human decision”, and while there is no expectation Schweinsteiger will play for Manchester United again, the midfielder has told the manager he will be ready for a move if called upon.