Milan to move for United playmaker target – report

The Italian giants have been linked with a January move for Wesley Sneijder, who has been repeatedly touted as a possible signing for the Premier League champions.

Reports in Italy today are suggesting that AC Milan are eager to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window, with a lukewarm start to the new campaign.

Corriere dello Sport suggest that the San Siro powerhouses are weighing up a move for Wesley Sneijder to reinvigorate their attacking unit.

The Netherlands international knows the city well after spending four seasons at rivals Inter, and a move to the Rossoneri would be something of a controversial transfer as such.

Sneijder is reportedly unsettled at Galatasaray, and with the World Cup just over six months away he is said to be keen to pursue a new challenge to ensure he is a key man for the Netherlands in Brazil next summer.

Manchester United will be keeping a close eye on the situation, as the Premier League champions are in the market for a new creative midfielder and have been linked heavily with Sneijder in the past.

Sir Alex Ferguson was thought to have been an admirer of the playmaker, and United are ready to be assertive in the transfer market in the new year to finally add a player with guile and graft to their midfield ranks.

But, would Sneijder be a good option for United?

The Dutch midfielder has oodles of experience, and still has great vision and a superb range of passing. His delivery from set pieces is excellent, while his shooting from range has always been a key feature of his game.

There is no doubt that as Sneijder has got older he has dropped from the number ten role to more of a central midfield position, which would suit United as Wayne Rooney plays in the more attacking of the two positions.

Sneijder would not be a signing with the future in mind, but could bring an immediate addition of quality to a side that at times is struggling for options. He is not as mobile or energetic as some of the other playmakers that have been linked with switches to Old Trafford, but would make up for that with technique and ability on the ball.

If Sneijder became available at an affordable fee, United could do worse than look to the Dutch maestro as a solution to their creative problems,

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