The talk of Inter Milan and Holland superstar Wesley Sneijder dragged on throughout last summer and this January.
We presumed there were many factors obstructing the move, maybe Inter didn’t want to talk, maybe the asking price was too high, maybe Sneijder didn’t fancy swapping Milanese pasta for Mancunian Pies.
But it has emerge from Sneijder himself, talking to The Daily Mail, that the real reason no bid was accepted because Man United never made one!
“There have never been any concrete contacts with Manchester United I see everything, I am not blind, but there is nothing concrete right now”
This may come as a surprise to United fans, who would have thought United were at least discussing matters behind the scenes. It must be even more painful for fans when Sneijder confessed he would be interested.
‘If on the last day of the transfer window an offer had arrived, maybe I would have left”
However all is not yet lost for United, as Sneijder still seems keen to leave the San Siro after Inter’s struggles this season (they are currently in 5th)
“The truth is that I feel at home at Inter, but I do not know where I will play next season.”
“I am happy at Inter, but we will see. I currently have no contacts with other clubs and I am living day by day”
However, hopes for a future move can not disguise Sir Alex has missed a major opportunity to add some much needed stardom and creativity to the midfield.
Sneijder would be a great replacement for the surely-eventually-retiring Scholes, however with Sneijder’s ‘come and get me’ statement made public, United now may face competition from the money-throwers of Man City and Russia’s Anzhi, who will be able to afford Sneijder’s £250,000 a-week wage demands.
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