Money issues appear to have put the brakes on Manchester United’s pursuit of Wesley Sneijder, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitting he has not been involved in negotiations since arriving in the US on the club’s pre-season tour.
“There is no real interest in Sneijder at this moment in time for a lot of reasons,” he confirmed, adding: “I’ve not been involved in that since I came over here.”
Sneijder has long been touted as the man to help the Red Devils fill the void left by the retirement of Paul Scholes.
Although not a direct replacement for the Englishman, who played as a deep-lying playmaker in his twilight years, Sneijder would add the craft and imagination Scholes displayed throughout his 17 years at the club.
However, reports suggest that the size of the transfer fee demanded by Sneijder’s club Inter and the player’s wage demands are obstacles to the deal’s completion.
Nevertheless, the Scot said nothing to suggest the transfer could not still be concluded in the future.
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Even so, former United defender Gary Neville believes a new player is needed to compensate for the loss of Scholes and thinks Sneijder fits the bill.
“Sneijder’s pedigree is up there with the best. He’s got great quality, a good engine. He has got the experience to go straight into the side and make an impact,” he told the BBC.
“United have got young players coming through but they have lost a great player in Paul Scholes and they need to replace that.”
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