With bids of £35,000,000 rejected during the summer, Manchester United failed to have a bid accepted for the 26-year old Dutch midfield maestro.
One season on and Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan signing’s valuation is likely to have decreased. Inter Milan are one game away from the final of the Coppa Italia – the Italian equivalent of the English FA Cup, and one not usually taken so seriously by the big teams.
Manchester United sit 6 points clear atop of the Premier League and face Schalke 04 in their Champions League semi final.
Although he has won plenty in his time, Sneijder may rue not having the opportunity to join Manchester United in the summer, missing out on becoming the first player to win La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League. He still has that opportunity next season. He also won the Dutch Eredivisie title with Ajax in 2004.
With nothing left to achieve with Inter Milan, and the Nerazzurri second best to AC Milan this season, a move to England and one of the biggest teams in the world, Manchester United would be a new and exciting challenge for Wesley Sneijder.
Ferguson is looking to replace 36-year old Paul Scholes with a creative player to sit in midfield. Current youngsters Anderson and Darron Gibson don’t ever look like living up to that. Sneidjer, a proven talent would be an excellent acquisition to the United midfield.
During Antonio Valencia’s absence for the majority of the season, Nani was the supply for most of Manchester United’s chances. Ryan Giggs is still a creative player, but how much has he got left in his career? Wayne Rooney had been more of a provider than a scorer earlier this season, whilst Darren Fletcher has stepped up on occasions to provide his team mates in chances. There’s definitely a space in this current Manchester United side where Sneijder would fit nicely.
Sneijder doesn’t score many goals from midfield, but with Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Nani, Manchester United have goalscorers elsewhere. One thing Sneijder is, is a creator. A talented passer who wins a number of free kicks (and bemoans referees), he takes them well too.
Sir Alex Ferguson would need to make alterations to his midfield should he bring Wesley Sneijder to Old Trafford. The Inter Milan playmaker seems better suited to sitting behind a striker or two, as he did successfully during the World Cup, and has he does for Inter Milan. He doesn’t drop back as much as Paul Scholes (nor does he tackle as rashly).
Former Ajax and Real Madrid team mate Rafael van der Vaart made the switch to England last summer and has been a success at White Hart Lane this season, scoring a brace in Tottenham’s 3-3 draw with rivals Arsenal on Wednesday; helping Manchester United maintain their 6 point atop of the Premier League. Manchester United have also been linked to his current team mate Luka Modric, and were also priced out for the Croatian in the summer.