Santos coach confirms interest in signing Bastian Schweinsteiger

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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.”

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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.

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