Old Trafford boss looks to land long term target.
Sir Alex Ferguson will look to finally land long term target Wesley Sneijder this month after Inter Milan reportedly placed a £25m price tag on the Dutch playmaker. The Old Trafford boss has been linked with a move for the 27 year old for the best part of a year and will now look to his board to finance a bid matching the Serie A side’s valuation.
Sneijder has seen his Nerazzurri side have an up and down season that has left the Italian giants eight points off top spot, currently held by city rivals AC, and this has left the former Ajax and Real Madrid man considering his options.
Man United and Inter Milan were believed to have discussed the possibility of a move for Sneijder in the summer and some reports had stated that the player’s £200k a week wage demands were a factor in Ferguson going cool on a bid but now the Scot is said to be ready to re-open talks.
Although Anderson has recently returned from injury both Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley are still sidelined and a midfield that already lacked something of a creative spark could be need of reinforcements, hence Ferguson’s keenness to act this month.
The Man United manager has stated on a number of occasions that any movement in the January transfer window would be reserved for the possibility of snapping up a ‘high-quality’ player who becomes available and it’s been reported by several Italian sources that Inter president Massimo Moratti is ready to sell Sneijder to help invest funds into new youthful signings that Claudio Ranieri has earmarked.
Ferguson has been promised funds for new additions by chief executive David Gill and expects those funds to duly be released as Man United look to make a full on assault on the Premier League title, a trophy chase made all the more important by the early Champions League omission.