Despite it being denied, Holland’s master midfielder Wesley Sneijder has reportedly snubbed the advances made by Sir Alex Ferguson stating that he wanted to stay at the San Siro. Chelsea and England free transfer Joe Cole did the same, preferring to consider offers from a number of other clubs. Another half a dozen high quality targets never made the move to Old Trafford despite being consistently linked with the club. There could be a host of reasons why anyone with real ambition turns down one of the world’s leading clubs, including the alleged lack of funds in United’s coffers, but there could also be the surprising possibility that one of the problems could be Sir Alex himself!
It’s hard to know whether it’s old age catching up or whether the rumors during the off season are becoming more stupid and harder to believe as years go by. This week’s reported interest by Manchester United for Dutch Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder is a case in point. The story was headline news in all the media both in the UK and Italy on Wednesday without either Sir Alex Ferguson or anyone from the club acknowledging or denying such interest.
If Sir Alex Ferguson can only afford to sign one cheque this summer, it should be made out to Inter Milan for the signature of classy Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder. So many names have been linked to Manchester United thus far, so many hopes have been raised and dashed, that one begins to wonder if there will be any signings made at all. Those hopes have risen sky high again with reports that Ferguson wants the 26 year old to spearhead next seasons bid for glory.