It’s as if suddenly we’ve jumped through time and space to a week before the transfer window reopens. The gossip knocking around recently had become all rather stale, as many of you have politely pointed out on the site: that all changed last night, however, upon the news breaking that Wayne Rooney wants out of Manchester United. Which, of course, should produce a knock-on effect in terms of where the money will end up. Or, at the very least, rumours regarding where the money will end up. This is where we step in.
The gossip pages are, resultantly, alive with the sound of some fairly dubious transfer stories: such as Sir Alex’s imminent double-swoop (more likely to be a regular swoop) for Spurs’ Luka Modric and Inter’s Wesley Sneijder (a very popular, but ultimately false, rumour carried over from the summer). Sir Alex is a long-term admirer of Modric, and his role as Spurs’ main creative force has been shattered by the excellent Rafael van der Vaart. This could leave him open to a move, and if Spurs manage to swindle United for the £25million valuation that’s knocking about for Modric, then they’re £17million to the good by losing Modric and bringing in van der Vaart. Not bad, eh?
Inter are a different proposition. Rafa Benitez will hardly be desperate to help out Fergie in a time of relative crisis for United, and Sneijder is an important player for the Serie A champions. Whilst he’s not quite attained the tabloid accolade of ‘contract rebel’, Sneijder is reportedly unhappy with the progression of contract talks in Milan. It could all be an exercise in maximising the pittance he no doubt currently lives on, but Sneijder’s been making noises about a move away:
“I don’t think there will be a problem closing the contract, but there would be many options if I decide top change my mind. The issue is that I’m no longer 20, but 26. At this stage of my career I should consider everything that can happen.”
Either player could provide a much-needed creative outlet in a United midfield that’s seriously lacking in depth. Whether or not either would be an adequate replacement for last season’s PFA Player of the Year, however, remains to be seen.
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