Dutch international Wesley Sneijder has made the strongest indication yet that he is finally ready to make the move to the Premier League with Manchester United.
The player has been a long term target for Sir Alex Ferguson and is seen as the final piece of the jigsaw. Sneijder was a top target for Manchester United last season, but in the end he rejected the move. At the time the Dutch international chose to stay with the reigning European champions Inter Milan.
Ferguson’s strategy for Sneijder was very much a case of all or nothing. When his attempts to sign the Dutchman failed, there was no viable alternative and Man United made no significant summer signing. It appears though that Sneijder is getting itchy feet in Italy and is ready to test himself in the more attacking Premier League – that has always been a lure for him. Sneijder signed a new contract with Inter Milan as recently as last summer, but sources close to the player suggest that he wishes to consider his options at the end of the current season. United have been made aware of the player’s intentions and encouraged to make a good offer to persuade cash-strapped Inter to sell.
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Inter’s president, Massimo Moratti, said only last week that he was determined not to sell to the English club, but if the Dutch player remains keen to leave and the offer is good enough then he will have few options – but to relent. Ferguson has indentified midfield as the area to strengthen and is looking for a tough tackling defensive midfield player and someone that can offer some real creativity going forward. Sneijder is now highly regarded as the best in the world at the latter and would be an exciting addition to a forward line that already includes Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov, Nani and Antonio Valencia. Jack Rodwell may be lined up for the defensive midfield position, but it’s Sneijder that is seen as the number one transfer target.
Funding the transfer is hardly likely to be an issue, because the Glazer family have already sanctioned a summer spending spree. To get their man it appears Manchester United would be prepared to smash through their transfer record fee of the near £31million they paid for Berbatov. The key to the deal though may not be money, but the desire the Dutchman has shown to have a taste of Premier League football. It is believed Sneijder has become frustrated by the tactically constrained limitations of Serie A; he is now ready to express himself in the Premier League.
Written by James Kent of Football FanCast