Last summer you couldn’t pick up a newspaper without seeing Wesley Sneijder’s name in conjunction with Manchester United. The two flirted with each other for the entirety of the transfer window but no move came to fruition. So a season later – is Sneijder’s Old Trafford move dead in the water or could he yet be the answer to Manchester United’s midfield woes.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s solution this year was to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement and whilst it’s proven astute decision, it’s a move that will only get so much mileage. At 37-years-old he may well be able to hack it for another year but it’s about time that United started looking for a long-term solution.
Besides, even with Scholes in the side Manchester United are still some way off matching the likes of Barcelona. If they are to match the Catalan giants over the coming years they’ll need to invest significantly in their midfield.
The Daily Star has reported that Manchester United are set to duke it out with new-money Russian big-boys Anzhi Makhachkala for the Wesley Sniejder’s signature this summer. It’s the transfer rumour that just won’t stop giving!
They even quote a mysterious ‘Italian source’ who claims: “Inter will sell Sneijder but it will have to be on their terms. They believe he is worth £40m in the current market. He is one of the leading players in the world in his position, so he won’t be allowed to leave on the cheap. Now we wait and see what happens in the near future.”
Whether or not there’s any truth to the Star’s claims, £40m is a lot of money for a player who hasn’t been at his peak for a while. The Dutch playmaker has been plagued by injuries all season long and has had a relatively quite season.
But he’s still well thought of in Europe, has plenty of style and craft and as United will have to fight off interest from the likes of Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea and Manchester City, it’s likely that Fergie would have to pay a hefty sum to sign him up. That’s before we even start to consider his wages.
If the club can afford him, however, you can’t help but feel that he’d be an excellent signing. He was phenomenal during Inter’s treble season and Holland’s World Cup final run and needs a change of scenery to get him back to his old ways. There aren’t many gaps in Manchester United’s squad, but there is a need for a playmaker and Sneijder would appear to be the right man for the job.
So can United beat the Russian’s to the prize?
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