Juventus appear to lead Manchester United in Wesley Sneijder hunt

Massimiliano Allegri is taking nothing for granted but concedes that Juventus are pushing hard, along with Manchester United, to secure Wesley Sneijder.

Most managers in the Premier League will, when pressed on reported interest in top targets, bat away intrusive questions and keep their transfer cards close to their chest.

That is not always the case in the rest of Europe, though, with coaches prepared to be more open in their pursuit of fresh faces.

Massimiliano Allegri is among those to have been quizzed on his January plans, and he has admitted to being in the market for a highly-rated playmaker who has been heavily linked with Manchester United.

Wesley Sneijder is the man in question, with the Holland international currently on the books of Turkish side Galatasaray.

United may have been hoping that the presence of Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford would work in their favour, but Allegri appears pretty confident that the 30-year-old can be lured to Serie A.

He said: “Would Wesley and (Andrea) Pirlo be compatible or would he compete with (Arturo) Vidal and (Roberto) Pereyra? Let’s see if he comes first. He’s still a Galatasaray player.

“Our goal must be to always improve the squad and find players of the right quality.

“Sneijder has great technical ability and would complement an already very strong group in midfield, creating major competition.”

Sneijder’s agent has revealed that any side wishing to land his client will have to meet a release clause in his contract.

That has been set at 20 million euros (£15.7m), with Galatasaray under no pressure to sell a player who remains contracted to them for another 18 months.

Juve are understood to have been well short of that valuation with an initial approach, so the door may still be open for United to make a move and bring the Dutchman to England.

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