Man United line up club record bid for Sneijder
Published 12/07/2011 | 13:52
Manchester United are expected to increase their offer for Wesley Sneijder this week after Sir Alex Ferguson abandoned his pursuit of Arsenal's Samir Nasri.
Ferguson is seeking a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes, and believes the Dutchman could bring "a level of passing and vision" to United's midfield.
Reports this morning have claimed United will offer £35 million for Sneijder, who could command wages of £200,000 a week. Sneijder admitted yesterday that his future is unsure, saying: "If Inter decide to sell me, I'll go where they tell me to go. My wife and I are happy in Milan and I would miss the city and Inter. But anything can happen in football."
And Gary Neville, the former United defender, said Sneijder would be a valuable acquisition this summer.
"He [Sniejder] is somebody that could definitely play at United with his style of play," said Neville.
"He is a player with great football intelligence. He knows where to be, he can pass, he can score and take up positions on the pitch that are difficult to mark.
“He is definitely someone who has played at the top level with Real Madrid and Inter Milan, so coming to Manchester United wouldn’t faze him.
"You are never going to replace someone like Paul Scholes like for like because he was an absolutely brilliant footballer, but in the past the club has had to replace the likes of Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel and they have always done it a different way.
"Roy Keane left and Michael Carrick came in, Eric left and Teddy Sheringham came in. It is very difficult to produce a like-for-like replacement for this type of player but you always find a way and the club will continue to be successful using players of different capabilities to Paul Scholes.
"As a fan I would love to see the manager bring in brilliant players from all around the world. The way I look upon it at the moment, if Wesley Sneijder was to come in then that would be a great signing, but on the other hand I am sure that there will be another young player coming through the ranks if Wesley Sneijder doesn’t sign for the club.
"At this moment in time he hasn’t signed for United, so I am sure a number of clubs would like him."