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Schweinsteiger Close To Signing New Deal With The Fire

The former Bayern Munich & Germany captain looks set to stay in Chicago through 2018

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Probably the biggest question mark hanging over the Chicago Fire toward the end of the 2017 campaign and through the current offseason concerned Bastian Schweinsteiger. The World Cup champion’s contract with the Fire only lasted through 2017, and while there was a clear desire in both camps to come together on a new deal for 2018, the lack of anything concrete left a big loose end heading into the January transfer window.

It appears that the big question may have an answer soon.

MLSSoccer.com contributor Sam Stejskal is reporting that the club and Schweinsteiger are close to finalizing a deal that would keep the former Germany captain in Fire Red for at least one more season.

The new deal would run through the 2018 season and could potentially include a club option for 2019. Stejskal could not report details on a salary, but Basti would almost certainly return as a Designated Player.

We will, of course, have more details for you as they become available, up to and including an official announcement. But it seems that Fire fans might be able to breathe a little easier this offseason.