Bastian Schweinsteiger has emerged as a surprise target for Brazilian club Santos. The out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder has been linked with a January move away from the club after initially being banished from the first-team by Jose Mourinho. He’s yet to make an appearance for the Red Devils this season.
Santos coach Dorival Junior was quoted by Spanish football site AS talking about a potential move: “It was an internal discussion. Can Santos sign a world-class player? The answer is yes. His name [Schweinsteiger] was proposed to the board. Botafogo did the same thing with [Clarence] Seedorf [in 2012]. We didn’t only talk about Schweinsteiger. Whoever manages to sign a player of that level will naturally steal a march. But logically he would have to come with the hunger to improve the squad.”
The World Cup winner has also been linked with a move to America with MLS club Chicago Fire. A move to Brazil seems unlikely and given his high salary at United, Santos are unlikely to offer the midfielder a tempting enough wage to leave Europe. Plus, the forecast at United isn’t as gloomy as it had seemed for the 32-year-old. Having recently been brought back into first-team training by Jose Mourinho, he was a surprise inclusion in the squad that drew 1-1 with West Ham at Old Trafford yesterday, albeit an unused substitute.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both in the squad for Manchester United! pic.twitter.com/lX0lrr0FPH— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) November 27, 2016
Nice to see u back on the pitch!— Tobi Schweinsteiger (@tobits7) November 27, 2016
Good to see how u enjoyed it back in OT pic.twitter.com/hxlbzcHRtl