Manchester United have completed the signings of the France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin for an initial £24m and announced the arrival of the German World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger on a three-year deal as Louis van Gaal’s significant reshaping of his squad gathers pace.
Schneiderlin travelled to Carrington on Sunday evening to undergo a medical, his tests undertaken immediately after those for Bastian Schweinsteiger whose own £14.4m move from Bayern Munich has now been finalised. United hope to have both players on board their flight bound for Seattle on Monday as they embark on a pre-season tour of the United States.
Van Gaal had identified Schneiderlin, who had also attracted tentative interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, as a prospective long-term successor to Michael Carrick in United midfield’s after his impressive displays for Southampton last season, when he made 28 Premier League appearances, two as a substitute, in a team who finished seventh.
Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, says he would not have left Bayern Munich for another other club after completing his move to Manchester United, agreeing a three-year deal at Old Trafford.
Schweinsteiger flew to Manchester on Sunday to undertake a medical and sign a three-year contract before completing a move for a reported £15m and he will join the squad on the pre-season tour of the US.
Speaking about his departure from Bayern Munich before he was unveiled at Old Trafford, the 30-year-old Schweinsteiger, who won eight Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups and the Champions League in a 17-year career in Bavaria, said: “The decision was very hard to make because you and FCB have and always will be an extremely important part of my life. Nevertheless, I would like to again gain experience at a new club. My destination is Manchester United. I hope you understand my decision. No one can take away the incredible journey we had together.”
The midfielder follows the arrival of the £12.7m Matteo Darmian from Torino and the £25m addition of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven earlier in the summer and may be joined at Old Trafford by Morgan Schneiderlin on Monday with the Frenchman expected to complete a £24m move imminently.
Van Gaal, who managed Schweinsteiger when in charge of Bayern Munich, added: “I am truly delighted he is joining Manchester United. His record speaks for itself; he has won every honour at club level and was a major part of the successful Germany World Cup winning team last summer. Bastian is the ultimate professional and there is no doubting his talent and his ability to control games. He brings a wealth of experience and is an excellent addition to our squad.”