United are locking horns with noisy neighbours Manchester City over the signing of Wesley Sneijder according to the Manchester Evening News.
The M.E.N claims:
“Both City and United want the inspirational 27-year-old and a head-to-head between Manchester’s big two is underway for the player who would be able to demand a £200,000-a-week salary.
“Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has indicated he has had word from Sneijder that he wants to stay at the San Siro, but that won’t put off Blues boss Roberto Mancini.
“I have spoken to Maicon, Sneijder and Eto’o and they have all told me they want to continue with us,” Moratti revealed.”
Despite the Inter president’s statement, there’s a growing feeling that Sneijder is on his way out of the San Siro, not least due to some rather less than reassuring statement’s the Dutch playmaker has made.
Sneijder recently made a ‘only God knows the future’ type comment that was reminscent of Cristiano Ronaldo when he was on his way out of Old Trafford.
I’ve long questioned whether United actually need Sneijder, due to the ability of Chicharito and Wayne Rooney together with the latter operating ‘in the hole’ so to speak.
The last thing I’d want to see is us paying way over the odds, both in transfer fee and wages due to entering some form of bidding war with a club who have literally no restrictions on what they can spend.
If Sneijder would rather ply his trade at a team who struggle to get 40,000 fans each week and have less history than Nottingham Forest then City are welcome to him.
If he does end up at Old Trafford, I only hope Sir Alex Ferguson finds a way to accomodate him that doesn’t mean sacrificing a partnership which could carry United to the 20th title next season.