(Bleacher Report) Inter Milan’s talisman Wesley Sneijder continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United and Old Trafford in light of Manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s continued claims that no such move is even on the table.
His recent interview posted on ESPNsoccernet.com has Ferguson admitting that his midfield needs bolstering after the retirement of Paul Scholes but has been firm in stating his stance that a bid for Sneijder is not in the cards:
“We are looking at some things but I am not so sure Sneijder will be easy to get. I could pick three or four players to come in but they wouldn’t be good enough for us, so there is no point.”
Sneijder’s Netherlands national team coach Bert Van Marwijk has backed his attacking midfielder to be a perfect fit for United, but the move is still totally on ice.
An article in the Telegraph has suggested that Wayne Rooney had been mentioned as a possible successor to Paul Scholes midfield role, but that has been dismissed by his manager:
“Wayne is improving and maturing all the time,” Ferguson said. “He is one of my mid-twenties players now and that’s the best spell for players — when they get to their mid-twenties, their maturity and authority, understanding and timing makes them even better.”
“Wayne could play centre midfield, but not the way that Scholesy played it. They are too different.”
“The way that Wayne would play as opposed to Scholesy is that he would be more dynamic and all over the place, using his energy to run everywhere and challenge, hit those cross-field passes that he is terrific at.
“But Scholes was more calculated and he always had that control about him, controlling the speed and pace of a game, which is pretty difficult to do. He was an absolute one-off.
“You can’t replace players like that. You hope you can find something approaching it, but you will never replace Paul Scholes.”
With that being said, the move for Sneijder seems to most likely echo those statements as the Dutchman would be a more natural replacement for the way Scholes played at United as opposed to an out and out Striker in Rooney reverting to a midfield position.
However, today the statements of Sir Alex seem to have been confirmed as Inter Milan’s Massimo Morriati has told United to splash the cash if they want their star midfielder, with a fee of £35 million being the starting block for any offer.