Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has officially signed a one-year contract with Major League Soccer franchise Chicago Fire. He will be formally added to the team's roster upon securing a visa and passing a medical.

As one of Chicago's Designated Players, it is rumoured he will become one of the top earners in the league on an annual salary of around $4.5m - Kaka was the biggest earner in 2016, earning just over $7m at Orlando City.

"Throughout my career, I've always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great. My move to Chicago Fire is no different," he said in a statement published by Fire's ​official website.

Moving to Chicago certainly represents a challenge to Schweinsteiger. The club, MLS Cup winners in 1998, has finished bottom of the overall standings in each of the last two seasons and is desperate for improvement.

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Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez said, "We're adding someone who has won at every level, including the very highest levels, and has done so in a way that is consistent with our values.

"We as a club will now be forced to hold ourselves to a higher standard, an accountability level. Previously, I think we could satisfy ourselves with what is known domestically. Now we need to rise to a standard that is set more internationally."

Having joined United from Bayern Munich in 2015, Schweinsteiger was banished from the first-team squad by Mourinho after quickly being deemed surplus to requirements. He maintained a high level of professionalism, though, and eventually returned to the first-team fold.

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Chicago's interest is thought to have begun before Christmas, while Schweinsteiger allegedly turned down a move to Sporting CP in summer - he often claimed he was never willing to play for any club in Europe other than Bayern or United.

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