Manchester United miss out on Algeria’s €18m World Cup star

Saphir Taider is unlikely to be heading to Old Trafford this summer, after Inter Milan completed a deal to sign the Bologna midfielder.

Any lingering interest Manchester United may have had in Algeria international Saphir Taider has been all but extinguished with the news that the 22-year-old has completed a move to Inter Milan.

The former Grenoble star was previously co-owned by the Nerazzurri alongside Bologna in a deal that saw the player feature for the Milan giants last term, with 15 appearances and a single goal to his name.

But after impressing for Algeria on their run to the second round of the World Cup, Inter have moved to buy Bologna out of the deal, with confirmation of this development announced on the Serie A club’s website earlier today.

“FC Internazionale would like to announce the signing of Saphir Taider from Bologna FC 1909, with Lorenzo Paramatti moving in the opposite direction,” a short message read.

The announcement signals the end of any lingering interest Manchester United may have had in the player, who was linked with a move to Old Trafford last year.

It was Taider’s agent, George Atangana who revealed the Red Devils’ interest in the north African, after a dispute with Bologna over pay prompted the player’s representative to lift the lid on the behind-the-scenes negotiations with the Premier League club.

Speaking to the Corriere di Bologna in quotes translated by the Daily Star, Atangana said: "Saphir spits blood when he plays and works so hard but needs to be treated with the proper respect and I believe in football you should be paid in relation to your performances.”

"He deserves more money and I would not be doing my job properly if I did not ask Bologna to improve his agreement and if a club like Manchester United is interested then you have to give him what he deserves if you want him to stay.”

It’s unknown as to whether Louis van Gaal would be keen to rekindle the club’s interest in the player but even if the Dutchman did decide to pursue a move, the newly-announced agreement between Inter and Bologna means Manchester United would most likely be forced to pay over the odds in order to get their man.

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