€18 million midfielder linked to Manchester United seals switch to Inter

Saphir Taider was linked to Manchester United by his agent earlier in the month. He won't be joining the Red Devils.

"If a club like Manchester United is interested in one of your players then you have to give him what he deserves if you want him to stay. Right now, Saphir is not happy."

Those were the words uttered by the agent of Saphir Taider earlier in August, as the player's row with his club Bologna escalated.

The 21-year-old believed he was being paid poorly at the Serie A club, with his agent adding: "If Bologna value him at €18m, then how is it possible that they are paying him as if he is worth nothing?"

If it was a move away from Bologna he wanted, then Taider has got his wish.

Manchester United did not follow up on their interest in the Algerian international, who made 32 appearances in Serie A last season.

Instead it is Inter Milan who have snapped him up, for a potential bargain price below the valuation previously placed on him.

Inter agreed a co-ownership deal with Bologna, commonplace in Italian football, that will see Taider play for them next season.

And the previously 'unhappy' player is now very much smiling, stating: "What does Inter mean to me? A great team that has won everything. I'm happy."

How firm United's interest ever was is unclear. It's quite possible their name was simply being used by Taider's agent to apply pressure on Bologna to either let him go or up his wages.

United may even be none the wiser the deal has even been done.

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