Manchester United Can Nab Wesley Sneijder For £40m
9 November 2011
INTER have told Manchester United they are free to sign Wesley Sneijder – but only if they break the bank.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been told he can sign Sneijder in January if he can stump up a club record £40m.
Ferguson tried to sign the Dutch star in the summer but failed to strike a deal with the Italian giants.
However, Starsport understands that Inter bosses have softened their stance and are willing to cash in on their prize asset.
Ferguson has kept close tabs on Sneijder and is keen to make another move for the midfield ace when the transfer window opens in the New Year.
He is desperate to bolster his midfield as United try to keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Sneijder, 27, remains Ferguson’s No.1 target and the United boss reckons the Dutchman can fill the boots of Paul Scholes, who retired at the end of last season.
United look short on midfield quality, with Michael Carrick and Anderson struggling for form, while Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley have had lengthy spells out injured.
Sneijder has become disillusioned following Inter’s woeful start to the season, which has seen them win just twice in Serie A to lie one place above the relegation zone.
Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri took over from Gian Piero Gasperini in September but results have failed to improve.
San Siro chiefs will demand £40m so Ranieri can have significant funds to strengthen his squad.
It would make Sneijder United’s most expensive signing.
Ferguson’s record signing is Dimitar Berbatov, who cost United £30.7m when he joined them from Tottenham in 2008.
It remains to be seen if Ferguson is willing to spend so much on a player who is at his peak but would have no sell-on value at the end of his contract.
An Italian source told Starsport: “Inter will sell Sneijder but it will have to be on their terms. They believe he is worth £40m in the current market.
“He is one of the leading players in the world in his position, so he won’t be allowed to leave on the cheap. Now we wait and see what happens in the near future.”
United face a battle to keep hold of Paul Pogba, with Arsenal ready to make a move.
Manager Arsene Wenger wanted the French midfielder before he moved to United in 2009.
But the Gunners have been given fresh hope that they could land Pogba at the second attempt.
Pogba, 18, has snubbed United’s attempts to tie him to a new deal and will be free to talk to clubs in January as his current deal expires next summer.