Will the Glazers come up with the cash Sir Alex Ferguson needs to bring Dutch master to Old Trafford.
Manchester United have an agreement for Inter Milan ace Wesley Sneijder and are just waiting for the club’s owners to give it the green light.
The Mail on Sunday says Sir Alex Ferguson will land his top summer target, Inter Milan’s £30million Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, if Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, agree to bankroll the deal.
“It’s up to the owners now,” said an Old Trafford insider. “Sir Alex wants the player — it’s just a matter of agreeing to the wage demands.”
That places the ball firmly in the court of the Florida-based Glazers, who came up with the cash after Rooney’s shock transfer plea last October. He quickly withdrew the request after the Glazers’ intervention saw his wages hiked to £200,000 a week.
By all accounts Wesley Sneijder will demand parity with Wayne Rooney as well as a five year contract which will mean that in total Man United will have to fork out £52m in wages on top of the £30m asking price, but will the Glazers put their money where their mouth is?
Chief executive David Gill has stated repeatedly that funds will be handed to Ferguson to help secure any of his prospective targets and it does seem that Sneijder is a player that the Man United boss is looking to bring in to add more creativity to the centre of his midfield.
Whilst the Premier League table toppers have a number of central midfield options, with the likes of Anderson, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes and Darron Gibson to name just five, they do not have a player who weighs in with a decent goal return, hence their interest in the 26 year old Dutch international.
Sneijder moved to Inter Milan in the summer of 2009 and repaid the San Siro side for saving him from a stuttering Real Madrid stint by helping the Nerazzurri to a treble last term. This season however things have not gone as smoothly as the brief Rafa Benitez reign effectively ended any hope of a Serie A title and Schalke thumped the Italian giants in the Champions League Quarter Final’s.
It seems that Sneijder is interested in a possible move to the Premier League and now it’s down to Man United’s owners to come up with the cash to complete the deal, at least that is what this source suggests.