Bastian Schweinsteiger has been linked to Brazilian club Santos, a club where superstars like Pele, Neymar and Robinho played. Santos manager Dorival Junior has firmly set his sights on Schweinsteiger and said that he wants to make the world sit up and take notice by signing the former German captain.
“It would be a huge wake-up call for the world. My plan, which I have tried to pass on the Santos board, is for Santos to once more have the world class players, which we should look in for European clubs if they not being used properly,” he told in an interview with UOL Esporte.
The Brazilian manager said that he has been monitoring the situation of the midfielder at Manchester for quite some time and feels this marquee signing could bring them attention on an international scale. “He fits that profile. I haven’t officially passed this on [to Santo's board], it’s my initiative to have a player with Schweinsteiger's history. He is not doing well in Manchester and suddenly a Brazilian club is interested in a player of his class, it could shake the market up. he concluded.
Schweinsteiger has been linked to a number of clubs across Europe and America ever since Jose Mourinho declared that the World Cup winner would not be part of his plans. Despite huge interest from the European clubs, Schweinsteiger has already made it clear that he would not move to another European club if United do want to offload him.
Recently, he is also thought to have had a long meeting with MLS Club Chicago Fire.
Now Santos has joined the race, and to make him a headline signing for them in January, the South American club would have to pay close to Schweinsteiger's £200,000 a week wages.
Jose Mourinho named Schweinsteiger on the bench against West Ham
Less than 24 hours after Dorival Junior’s interest, Jose Mourinho ended Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Manchester United exile by selecting him in the match-day squad against West Ham. Despite not featuring in the main XI, United fans were delighted to see the German’s return to the first team action.
After an agonising 1-1 draw against Slaven Bilic’s men, United will face the Hammers once again in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The German could probably feature in the starting XI following the suspension of Paul Pogba.