Manchester United doubling their offer on failed summer target?

Manchester United manager David Moyes in alleged link with 29-year-old playmaker.

The one glaring flaw in Manchester United's performances to date is, despite their recent undefeated run in the Premier League, how their collective chance creation pales in comparison to the teams around them in the division such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

While those four clubs can call upon Mesut Ozil, Eden Hazard, David Silva or Philippe Coutinho/Steven Gerrard, United still operate without an elite-level recognised playmaker and, of all their midfielders, it is the deeper-lying midfielder Michael Carrick who has contributed the most key passes - 12, which is still four shy of the further afield Wayne Rooney, on 16.

Their statistics also fall some way short of the top end teams who do possess a high-end maker of plays such as Ozil (22), who only joined the Arsenal in September and missed three Premier League match-days, Hazard (19) and Silva (27).

Even though the transfer window does not re-open for activity for another two months, that has not stopped the speculation, as United are linked with a return for a summer target whom they attempted to sign for £6m only this time, The People last week claimed they will double the offer in January to £12m.

That player is Galatasaray's 'no 10'; Wesley Sneijder, who was once a fundamental part in Internazionale's all-conquering side of 2009-10 but who left at the turn of the current calender year for a measly £7m to join the Turkish Super Lig kings.

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Sneijder remains an attacking threat. In his first five months as a Gala player he returned four goals and one assist in 16 appearances in all competitions while there are five goals and one assist to his name from 12 appearances thus far this season.

In Champions League competition alone, he has featured thrice, scored once, hit the target with 67% of his shots, completed 84% of his passes (with an average distance of 18 metres), won 50% of his duels and created five chances.

Sneijder has competed and been effective in four top tiers: the Eredivisie, La Liga, Serie A and Super Lig, so there should be no question marks over his ability to adapt to another division and, with a value of £15m, the Dutchman surely represents value for money.

The question is… will United bid that much for a player they attempted to sign for £6m in the summer?

Would you want to see Sneijder signed for £12m or would you rather the funds be spent on another player? Who? Let us know in the comment section below!

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