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Galatasaray Claim Manchester United Tried To Sign Wesley Sneijder

Dutch playmaker was United target, Turks claim.

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Turkish giants Galatasaray claim that Manchester United looked into the possibility of signing Wesley Sneijder two weeks ago, according to ESPN.

The Dutch playmaker only joined Galatasaray from Inter Milan in January, and has long been linked as a target for Manchester United, as they seek a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes in midfield.

United had also been linked with the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas this summer, as well as with a deadline day bid for Roma star Daniele De Rossi, before eventually looking to Everton’s Marouane Fellaini to solve their midfield problems.

Sneijder has not been at his best for a couple of years now, since earning a reputation as one of the best players in the world during his time with Inter Milan, particularly as he helped the Italians to a treble win in 2009/10.

However, United still appeared to consider him an option this summer, though Galatasaray sporting coordinator Bulunt Tulun revealed that the club were never looking to sell their key players.

“Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted,” Tulun said.

“There are several clubs that want him but just like we can’t let go of Burak [Yilmaz] we also have to keep hold of Sneijder.”

The Turks also managed to hold on to in-demand striker Burak Yilmaz, who looked close to sealing a move to Lazio before the end of the summer.

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