Could Southampton make statement signing after Manchester United player is reportedly made available?

Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger

Southampton should consider a move for Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger, after is was reported that he is available for transfer.

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger reacts Bastian Schweinsteiger 

Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of several players that Manchester United are willing to let go this summer, according to Sky Sports.

The former Bayern Munich star's debut season in English football was hampered by a serious knee injury, and he never really had the chance to put a run of games together and establish himself as a United regular.

Following the report from Sky Sports, bookmakers SkyBet have made Schweinsteiger's former club Bayern as the favourites in the race for his signature at 6/1. Interestingly, Southampton are second on the list at 8/1, and if they could pull off a signing of this magnitude it would signal a massive statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League.

Saints fans have had to endure season after season of disappointment in the transfer window, as high profile exits have become frequent occurrences at St Mary's.

Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick during trainingManchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger during training

If Southampton were to consider a bid for the German midfielder, it would be a highly significant move for the club, and one that could have a transcending effect.

It would also buck the current trend on the South Coast of the club losing their top assets, and instead, would see them acquire a top quality player from one of their rivals.

Schweinsteiger's pedigree is rivalled by few in the game of football. The 31-year-old has racked up 120 caps for Germany, and has eight Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups, one FA Cup, and a Champions League medal to his name.

Germany Training - EURO 2016Southampton are second favourites to land Bastian Schweinsteiger

He would be the perfect player to sit in front of Southampton's back-four and would be able to dictate play from that deep-lying position.

While Saints' summer signing Pierre-Emile Højbjerg will undoubtedly act as the side's main ball-winning midfielder, after the exit of Victor Wanyama, Schweinsteiger could bring that added touch of class that the Siants' midfield is slightly bereft of.

One major stumbling block to any kind of potential move could be the German's wage demands, but after the sales of so many players for huge transfer fees, Southampton are in a financially stable situation.

Along with the added revenues coming in from the new Premier League TV deal, it should not be outside the realms of reality for them to be able to offer Schweinsteiger terms that he may be tempted by.

If a move came to fruition, what an incredible signing it could turn out to be for Southampton.

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with team mates after scoring their second goalBastian Schweinsteiger is a legend within the game

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