Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger (above) has signed for Major League Soccer side the Chicago Fire, the Chicago Tribune reported on Monday. Schweinsteiger, a key member of Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning team, heads to the United States after an unhappy stint with Manchester United, where he has been frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho.
The 32-year-old could finalize his move to the United States by next week pending a visa application, the Tribune reported on its website. Schweinsteiger played his entire club career with German giant Bayern Munich before joining Manchester United in 2015.
The Tribune cited an unidentified club source as saying that Schweinsteiger had signed a one-year deal worth $4.5 million, a salary that makes him one of the highest-paid players in the MLS. Chicago's lone success in the MLS Cup came in 1998 and for the past four seasons the team has failed to reach the playoffs.