We are less than a month away from the start of the January transfer window and as always in the weeks leading up to the New Year sales, rumours are rife, some plausible and some not so much.
One deal that could find itself in the last column is one surrounding reports that Manchester United manager David Moyes may use either Antonio Valencia or Nani as bait as he bids to sign Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, a deal which looks out of the question.
Reports suggest that United will return for Sneijder in January having missed out both in the summer and three years ago whilst he was with Inter Milan and of course Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at Old Trafford.
A rumoured £6 million summer bid wasn’t enough to secure the services of the former Real Madrid star and instead he opted to leave Inter for Turkey, but the defending Premier League champions cold double that offer in January and hope that there is a change of heart for both player and club.
It is thought that should that not work then Moyes who has struggled in his pursuit of midfielders since arriving in Manchester from Everton during the close season, will attempt a swap deal to land the 29 year-old Netherlands international , but for me I can’t see it as a realistic choice, without getting into a debate as to who is a better player I’m not sure there’s that much between Nani, Valencia and Sneijder and if I were going to unload any of the United wingers then you would have to say that the likes of Ashley Young and Wilfred Zaha are closest to the exit.
Another stepping stone is that to be honest I don’t think that Sneijder wants to play for United, which I probably the reason that he didn’t join for Ferguson who we know has quite a way of persuading players to come to Old Trafford.
Sneijder was recently reported to have said: “I’m going nowhere; you’re going to keep seeing me in a red and yellow shirt.”
Perhaps the only solid argument that he may leave Galatasaray is that the Turkish club are concentrating on bringing young, home-grown players to the club, if this isn’t possible then maybe they will look for an international player younger than Sneijder, but to do so they must offload at least one foreign player in the next window, as they’ve reached the limit of overseas-born players allowed under Turkish Football Federation rules.
If Sneijder were to become surplus to requirement in Turkey and move to the Premier League then he is more likely to interest of Chelsea and his former Inter boss Jose Mourinho, than United.
For me I’ll let the rumour mill churn because this is one deal I cant see.
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