Manchester United have been linked with two big deals this week, and they could be just what is needed at Old Trafford.
The transfer window seems like a long time ago now, and the rumour mill is already turning towards the next one. Manchester United have once again been linked with adding to their squad.
And reports from Italy have focused on a familiar face to United fans, Wesley Sneijder, who has been linked with the club since the summer of 2011.
It has been claimed that a possible swap deal with Inter Milan which would see Nani go the other way could be on the cards. It may seem like a perfect solution for supporters, fed up with Nani's indifferent showings, and crying out for a central midfielder of note to seize and influence games.
We have said for a long while that if United want to sign Sneijder, he is not worth shelling out £25 million on. But at 28 he may have seen some of his best years go by already, but he does still have a lot of football in him- He is nine years younger than Paul Scholes, and could link up with international teammate Robin van Persie.
However if they were to send Nani off to Inter in exchange, it may just be a perfect deal. United would get an underperforming player off their books, one who has been out of form for all of 2012, and bring in one of the world's most influential central midfielders.
Central midfield is the area United do need to strengthen in, whereas on the wing they can afford to shed an attacker. Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, and young Robbie Brady are all competing for places out wide, and Nani leaving would help Brady get a chance.
Perhaps even more intriguingly, United have been linked with Thomas Ince, a winger who his manager Ian Holloway says is better than both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
He could be snapped up for under £10 million, a figure of £6 million was suggested yesterday although this is likely to rise as his reputation grows.
Overall such a deal would seriously strengthen United, they would lose Nani, a blow given his potential when he is on form, but gaining Ince would mean United stay with the same amount of wingers in their attack, and have a youngster with a lot to prove.
And in the centre, they would finally have a new world class central midfielder added to their ranks. All for a net spend of just £10 million max. It is all speculative at this point, but if the club have the ambition such transfer activity would seriously help them in their quest for silverware this season.
Should United ditch Nani for Sneijder, and sign Ince too?
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