Old Trafford chief executive in talks to land San Siro midfielder.
MANCHESTER UNITED were close to sealing the £35million transfer of Wesley Sneijder last night – just as SunSport predicted.
United chief executive David Gill was ironing out the final details with representatives of the midfield star and Inter Milan.
Gill had stayed behind in Manchester to complete negotiations on the club record transfer when Alex Ferguson and his squad flew out to the United States on Monday.
We told you exclusively yesterday that United wanted the 27-year-old Dutchman.
He always knew he would need a world-class replacement for Paul Scholes – and Sneijder fits the bill perfectly.
United legend Gary Neville said: “Sneijder is a player with great football intelligence.”
SOURCE: The Sun
It seems that Man United mean business. No content with spending over £50m on bringing Phil Jones, David de Gea and Ashley Young from Blackburn, Atletico Madrid and Aston Villa now Sir Alex Ferguson is seeking out the jewel in the crown of summer signings and by all accounts he is not far off completing a deal to bring talented Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder to Old Trafford.
It’s a move that will greatly enhance a midfield that is a little brittle and unadventurous and will add a goal threat that the likes of Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Michael Carrick and Darron Gibson are unable to provide, the arrival, if forthcoming, of the Inter Milan star will also in many ways replace the Paul Scholes of old, who used to weigh in with a dozen plus goals a season, prior to being converted into a more defensive minded ball carrier a few years back.
The 27 year old Holland international has seen his career revived in Serie A after a stuttering spell at Real Madrid but after picking up a treble in his first season at Inter Milan things leveled off last term after Rafa Benitez’s disastrous reign led to the Nerazzurri losing both the domestic and Champions League crowns. Brazilian boss Leonardo steadied the ship somewhat but he then left last month to join PSG.
Ferguson is making way for new arrivals having offloaded Wes Brown and John O’Shea to Sunderland and will also reportedly look for buyers for Darron Gibson, Gabriel Obertan, Jonny Evans, Tomasz Kuszczak and may well listen to offers for Dimitar Berbatov if the Bulgarian chooses to leave the club in search of regular first team football which he may not be guaranteed at Man United given the fact that Sir Alex appears to now favour a pairing of Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez up front.