Manchester United veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger has been dropped from the squad for the second week running.
Head coach Jose Mourinho has decided to leave the former World Cup winner out of the match day team that will take on Southampton tonight.
“We are no longer pursuing Lucas Leiva, we will continue efforts to sign alternative names instead,” Nazifoglu was quoted as saying by Turkish-football.com.
This resulted in rumours in the Turkish press that the Istanbul giants are back in the race for Schweinsteiger who has been linked with the club over the transfer window.
“Mikel is a quality player and we have been interested but he is not our priority either, we have other players that are being targeted,” he was quoted as saying by Turkish-football.
Turkish sports paper AMK have revealed that the Lions want Schweinsteiger on loan and are willing to pay up to €3.5 million of Schweinsteiger €6.5 million salary.
Manchester United v Southampton
Stadium: Old Trafford
Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic
Subs: Romero, Smalling, Herrera, Mkhtaryan, Schneiderlin, Young, Rashford
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Fonte, Long, Davis, Tadic, Romeu, Van Dijk, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Targett
Subs: Mccarthy, Yoshida, Clasie, Rodriguez, Austin, Ward-Prowse, Pied
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