You would assume that, due to his obvious connections, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal would have first dibs on any transfer for Wesley Sneijder.
In one of the most boring and ultimately fruitless transfer tales of recent times Manchester United were said to be close to a deal for the lad a few summers ago. It never came off but speculation has persisted that the Galatasaray man will make a move.
We aren’t sure that Manchester United would want yet another player who’s most natural role would be in Wayne Rooney’s number ten position, or at the head of the diamond.
Nevertheless The Daily Star reckons that LvG not only wants him at Manchester United, but that Manchester City are possibly closer to snaring him.
The Netherlands international wants out of current club Galatasaray and is keen on a January move to the Premier League.
United boss Van Gaal is desperate to bolster his injury-stricken squad in the new year and is understood to be interested in a deal to bring his Dutch compatriot to Old Trafford.
However his hopes of landing Sneijder may have been dealt a blow, with reports suggesting the 30-year-old is in talks to join United’s local rivals City.
At 30 years of age Sneijder can still do the business in The Premier League for Manchester City. Having played in Spain, Italy, Holland and Turkey you would have thought that he would be adaptable enough to settle quickly – Sneijder is an intelligent and efficient player.
And he’s had a glittering career which has rarely failed to scale the heights. He’s scored goals wherever he has played and was a key component of the Champions League (and treble) winning Inter side of 2010.
Fur our money he’s a better, younger version of Frank Lampard (all due respect to a man who has 6 goals already or City but is in the final throes of his career). Sneijder is a lovely, fluent passer of the ball but his main forte is arriving late and scoring stunning goals.
With serious injury problems up top right now, Sneijder would well do a job towards the top end of the field for Manchester City. And, given the opportunity for a crack in The Premier League, we think that he will go for it.
Let’s see the lad in action. Manchester City fans: a worthwhile investment?