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Schweinsteiger in talks to leave Manchester United for Chicago Fire

The German midfielder has an offer from Major League Soccer, according to reports

VfL Wolfsburg v Manchester United FC - UEFA Champions League Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

According to ESPN FC, Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is in talks with Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire over a potential transfer.

The former Germany captain has been frozen out at Old Trafford this season by manager José Mourinho.

Schweinsteiger’s recent re-introduction to first-team training is reportedly geared towards fine-tuning the player’s fitness levels ahead of a potential move away from the club in January.

The former Germany captain has insisted that he remains committed to the Red Devils and that United will be his last club in Europe. However, that would leave the door open to a switch to MLS.

Rumours of a stateside move for the ex-Bayern Munich star have been circulating since the summer and the Express reported last month that the 32-year-old was spotted dining with Chicago Fire manager Veljko Paunovic.

ESPN FC has followed up on that story by confirming that their own sources have informed them that Schweinsteiger has held discussions with the Fire.

Schweinsteiger joined United in the summer of 2015 for a fee in the region of £6 million; last season, he made 31 appearances under Louis van Gaal.