Dutchman determined to complete Old Trafford move.
Wesley Sneijder has told friends that his failed move to Manchester United could still happen in the New Year.
Sunday Mirror Sport understands that United pulled out of a deal for the Dutch international midfielder when the scale of his demands became too rich.
The Premier League champions had agreed a £30million fee with Inter Milan, only for Sneijder to up the ante by asking United to lay on a private jet and buy his house in Italy. That prompted United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to call time on his summer-long chase for the 27-year-old.
But Sneidjer has told people close to him that a move to Old Trafford could be resurrected in January. A source said: “Wesley wanted to go to United and was in negotiations until quite late. They couldn’t agree terms but he is still saying he will end up at United.”
Inter were so desperate to get Sneijder off the payroll that they also offered him to United’s rivals City. But it was made clear to both clubs that it would take a pay deal worth close to £250,000-a-week.
SOURCE: Sunday Mirror
Whilst it’s true that Man United’s need for extra creativity in their midfield was slightly negated by the good form shown by youngster Tom Cleverley, it is also true that Sir Alex Ferguson clearly was interested in the Inter Milan playmaker and could well, as this source suggests, return to capture Serie A star Wesley Sneijder in January.
It seemed the main stumbling block of a move being completed last month was firstly the salary demands of the 27 year old and secondly the fact that Inter Milan’s need to balance the books were lessened by the sale of Samuel Eto’o to Russian big spenders Anzhi.
Even though United spent around £50m bringing in David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones, chief executive David Gill stated that funds were still available for another ‘marquee’ signing and whilst the excellent start to the season may appear to suggest such a signing is not necessary, Ferguson knows better than most just how important it is to not rest on your laurels.
Ferguson is believed to see Sneijder as the type of player that will help secure another Champions League glory and that he would be very beneficial to the club’s ambitions to overcome Barcelona for European glory.
Clearly a January move would mean that the former Ajax and Real Madrid man could not take part in Champions League action nonetheless this source believes a deal will be done.