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Bastian Schweinsteiger set to join Manchester United from Bayern

Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to join Manchester United from Bayern Munich after the two clubs confirmed they have agreed a deal.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who has held talks with the World Cup winner, said the 30-year-old has told him he would prefer to join United.

"Bastian wants to do something new at the end of his career," Rummenigge said at a news conference. "He asked that we meet his wishes.

"My colleagues at Manchester United have been in touch. We've reached an agreement over a transfer.

"It's regrettable because Bastian meant a great deal to the club. He achieved great things. We say goodbye on great terms."

New Bayern signing Joshua Kimmich, who was being unveiled at the same news conference, added: "I'm disappointed that Bastian will leave us this summer."

Schweinsteiger's arrival is set to represent a major coup for United manager Louis van Gaal, who worked with the Germany captain during his two-year spell in charge of Bayern.

Sources had earlier told ESPN FC that United were on the brink of agreeing personal terms with the midfielder, who should become their third summer signing after Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian, who later on Saturday finalised his move from Torino after undergoing a medical in Manchester.

Schweinsteiger is set to undergo a medical at Old Trafford and agree on personal terms, but he is expected to receive a sizable pay rise at Old Trafford and his transfer fee will be reduced because he has a solitary year left on his contract.

A statement on United's official website read: "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Bayern Munich to sign midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, subject to a medical and personal terms. A further announcement will be made when the process is complete."

Van Gaal has been told that United are expected to challenge for the Premier League title next season and Schweinsteiger represents a proven winner.

He has won eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern, helped them regain the Champions League in 2013 and has scored 67 goals in 500 games for the club.

He was a World Cup winner in 2014 and the Germany captain has scored 23 goals in 111 games for his country.

The German FA (DFB) also tweeted its congratulations to Schweinsteiger.

Germany boss Joachim Low said on the DFB's official website: "Basti is an absolute leader and world-class player who can put his stamp on any team, including of course Manchester United,.

"He knows Louis van Gaal, who wanted him unconditionally. I know from him that he still has big ambitions and goals.

"He will approach his new challenge in England like we all know him -- with dedication and highly motivated.

"For Bayern and the Bundesliga his departure is without question a loss."

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff added: "I can understand Basti wanting to add a Premier League chapter to his outstanding career."

Van Gaal, who coached Schweinsteiger at Bayern from 2009 to 2011, wanted a midfielder who could provide an alternative to the ageing and injury-prone Michael Carrick in the holding role, but who could also operate further up the pitch.

United now face a race against time to complete a deal before they leave for their preseason tour of the United States on Monday.

United are also pursuing another midfielder, in Southampton's France international Morgan Schneiderlin, although Southampton have said their last bid for the player was "not serious." 

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