Bastian Schweinsteiger looks set to join Manchester United after Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed a deal had been agreed for the midfielder.
Reports linking the Germany captain with a move to the Premier League club intensified on Saturday, with Rummenigge confirming the agreement at a news conference.
Schweinsteiger now looks certain to leave the club he has been with his entire senior career, linking up with former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
“My colleagues at Manchester United have been in touch. We’ve reached an agreement over a transfer,” explained the Bayern chief.
“We tried to convince him to stay at Bayern but Bastian is a very sensible person and we have to accept this decision.
“This is the club that he wants. He clearly told me he wants a new challenge in Manchester. We respect his decision.
“I regret that, of course, because Bastian was a very important player for us. He has won everything you can win at club level.
“The door will always be open for Bastian to return at the end of his career.
“Despite Bastian’s exit, Pep [Guardiola] and I are satisfied with the midfield options we have.”