Dutch playmaker discusses unsuccessful attempt by Old Trafford side to acquire his services.
New Galatasaray signing Wesley Sneijder has spoken publicly about his failed move to Man United in a recent interview with Turkish source Fanatik.
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The 28 year old Dutchman, who had been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford for the best part of 18 months, claims that though he was interested in a move to join the Premier League side the San Siro outfit turned down their advances.
“Manchester United had offered €20m for me and the club rejected it,”
“I wanted to go to United but Inter didn’t let me.”
Inter Milan are then said to have asked the former Ajax and Real Madrid midfielder to accept a new contract which included a reduced pay packet, Sneijder refused.
This led to a prolonged period where the former Champions League winner was forced out of the first team and eventually to a move to Turkey, for a fee far lower than Man United’s initial offer.
It would appear that the passage of time between Sir Alex Ferguson’s initial offer and Sneijder moving to Galatasaray resulted in the Scot opting to not pursue a move for bring in the creative midfielder, this despite the Man United boss clearly being interested in the player and being well aware of the individual’s interest in a move to the Premier League table toppers.
Sneijder moved to Galatasaray on January 20th in a £6.8m deal and has played three times for the Istanbul side thus far.