Old Trafford target will cost a small fortune.
MANCHESTER UNITED will have to cough up a staggering £85million if they want to sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan this summer.
That’s the financial package Sir Alex Ferguson will have to sanction if he wants to make Dutch international Sneijder the new Paul Scholes.
Ferguson has been on Sneijder’s tail for two years and thought he could grab the 26-year-old star last June after Jose Mourinho left Inter Milan for Real Madrid and former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez took over at the San Siro.
Sources close to him say the midfielder with an explosive shot is now ready for a fresh challenge – with Old Trafford his No.1 destination.
Inter are said to want £35m for the star – even though they only paid Real £16m for his services two years ago.
Sneijder is reportedly on an annual salary of £10m and would want a five-year contract – a huge £85m investment that would test the commitment of United owners, the Glazer family.
SOURCE: Sunday People
By all accounts Sir Alex Ferguson will push the club’s money men to meet the asking price to secure the Inter Milan playmaker who appears ready for a new challenge after two seasons at the San Siro. The Man United boss is very keen on bringing in a goal scoring midfielder and wants the Glazers to fund the big money move and prove that the Premier League table toppers can compete in financial terms with the likes of Man City and Chelsea.
26 year old Sneijder has been a Ferguson target for a couple of years and the Man United manager was linked with a move for the Dutch international when he was stagnating at Real Madrid before his move to Serie A. Some sources believe that having secured the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia in his first season at Inter Milan that he is now considering his options after seeing his side struggle to compete this term.
Ferguson has a number of central midfield options but the likes of Michael Carrick, Anderson, Paul Scholes, Darron Gibson and Darren Fletcher are not exactly goal threats and this has led to a great interest in a number of prospective players to fill that void with the likes of Tottenham’s Rafael Van der Vaart and Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik also linked with moves to the Premier League table toppers.