Fight for Wesley Sneijder could bring out the best in Moyes

A scrap for Wesley Sneijder could bring out some of David Moyes' best qualities.

The latest reports suggest that Jose Mourinho will be looking to make the £12.5 million addition of Wesley Sneijder to his Chelsea squad this summer, which could help fill the hole created when Juan Mata left.

However, if the report from the Daily Star is accurate and Chelsea are interested, Manchester United boss David Moyes might have something to say about the whole affair.

An indirect approach from United was reportedly rejected by Galatasaray last winter, as Moyes tries to sign the player Sir Alex Ferguson was never quite able to during his time at the club.

That suggests that United’s interest in getting the £12.5 million player is very real and very contemporary.

Should the Blues create a bidding war for the midfielder then it could bring out a side in David Moyes that United fans have been begging to see all season.

Considering Chelsea will be in a position where they would be able to offer Sneijder Champions League football, it would take all of Moyes’ grit and salesmanship to convince him that Old Trafford is the place where he needs to be playing his football.

Moyes is going to have those core skills tested for most of the summer and in every case where a Manchester United transfer target is sought by a club that can offer a little bit more.

There’s little doubt that Sneijder is the sort of experienced, high profile player who could come into the United midfield and improve the centre of the side significantly alongside the likes of Michael Carrick and Juan Mata.

Should Moyes be able to convince Sneijder and other targets to join United ahead of Arsenal, Chelsea and other European giants it’s not just a sign to the fans that he’s got the gift of the gab, it’s a sign that he transfer targets believe in him and want to play for the club as he looks to develop United.

United have their work cut out this summer and Moyes has a chance to show he’s the right man to be leading the club away from the field, eradicating the bitter memory of the scramble at the end of last summer’s transfer window.

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