Date:1st April 2011 at 12:10pm
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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


13 responses to “Is midfielder paving the way for Old Trafford move?”

  1. Dexter says:

    I hope he comes!

  2. Rossini says:

    it would be a dream come true If wes played for us….& it would also show the world we ain’t a total joke in the transfer Market ……No desewz

  3. Rossini says:

    I meant to say no disrespect to chicharito as he has been world class…….

  4. Giggs11Gerrard0 says:

    Just cant see it, would fit the bill perfectly but doesnt fit in with SAF’s recent transfer poilicies.

  5. Giggs11Gerrard0 says:

    Rossini – Apart from Obertan who was a nominal fee and Bebe as a prospect then where do you feel we have been a joke in the market? our current team:

    VDS – Fee undisclosed – Best business United have done since Schmeichal form Brondby.

    Rafael Da Silva – Combined fee of 5.2 million for both twins – Absolute steal

    Vidic – 7 million, unheard of when he came but arguably the best centre half in the world and is our captain – Great buisness

    Rio – 28 million and has been amazing for us

    Evra – 5.5 million an absolute steal

    Nani – 14 Million best attacking footballer in the league

    Valencia – 17 million but absolute class in his first season

    Fletch – Free

    Giggs – Free

    Scholes – Free

    Carrick – 14 million divided opinions but proven class act on his day

    Rooney – Need i say more?

    Berba – Over priced some might say but SAF wanted the mercurial bulgarian and broke our record tio get him.

    Chicarito – Reportedly 8 million and in todays market means he was peanuts and the boy is class

    Ando – 18 million and if comes good will a great asset

    Hargreaves – 17 million such a shame he has been injured

    Owen – Free

    Obertan – 3.5 literally potential at a snippet

    Bebe – SAF was forced to buy early and really the only bad bit of business I have seen since Djemba Djemba.

    All of the above is monster activity in the transfer market and hardly what I would call a joke!

  6. Giggs11Gerrard0 says:

    Not mentioning O’Shea, Brown, Gibson, Cleverley, Wellbeck, Macheda all produced for free (well nominal fee for Macheda)

  7. john says:

    i hope so would be perfect with rooney and hernandez i really really hope ferguson goes for him eventhouh he has a big price tag, dont forget his only 26 so he would be there for atleast 5 to 7

  8. funky says:

    The article says he has given his strongest indication yet that he is finally ready to make the move to the Premier League with Manchester United. But the article contains no quotes from the man himself. This article should not be given the time of day. That said…I would love to see him come to the club along with Buffon/De Gea, Sanchez, De Rossi/Rodwell/Marchisio and Lukaku. I dont think Kiko or Diouf will be with us next season, same with the two Owens. If we dont get Schneider then we should definitely go for Charlie Adam. He can pass like Scholsey has a great shot and and is Class at set pieces. If he went to a top team I think he would become a amazing player, even more so under Fergie…Actually maybe Adam would suit us better. His price is more realistic too…

    • Chudi says:

      The same Charlie Adam who looked massively out of his depth against a Brazilian midfield of Ramires and Lucas?
      Not too sure about him and I don’t think we will make that many signings, neither do I think we need to.

  9. JB says:

    Sneijder is a great player of that there’s no doubt but I just don’t see the manager forking out £40m+ on a player who will be 27 by the time he joins us. He already said that he’s looking at bringing the right young players to the club so I think thats it’s highly unlikely to happen. The Charlie Adam thing I don’t understand, yes he’s played well for Blackpool but is he really good enough for us? I really don’t think so.

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