Wesley Sneijder has been one of the most impressive players at the World Cup in South Africa, with his performances putting Holland into the World Cup final for the first time since 1978. Now, Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has announced that Manchester United have been in touch with a serious interest in the 26 year old playmaker.
The Holland international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, after a successful World Cup and a domestic season which saw him lift the treble with Inter Milan. New Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez will not want to lose his prize asset, but Moratti insists that even if Inter don’t want to sell, it does not mean Manchester United are not hot on the trail.
Moratti said, “The interest from Manchester United in Sneijder is real.” However, Moratti maintained that he wanted to keep Sneijder and the Dutchman’s agent, Soren Lerby, confirmed that Wesley is ready to stay with Inter until 2015. Lerby said, “After the World Cup, we will go to Milan, we will sit around a table with the officials”.
Time will tell whether Sneijder fancies a move to the Premier League or not. He is adored by the Nerazzuri and they will not want him to leave, as he is the linchpin to Inter’s success. Without Sneijder, they do not have the dynamic he possesses and the ability he has to change games in an instant e.g. his defence-splitting ball to Samuel Eto’o to put Chelsea out of the Champions League last season. Without Sneijder, they don’t have the link-up to star striker Diego Milito and no Milito means no goals. No goals means no title and that is something the Inter Milan players, fans and everyone connected with the club crave.
If Sneijder came to the Premiership, he would have the chance to link up with Wayne Rooney and that partnership is one that should strike fear into opposing defender’s hearts, if Rooney can regain the form that saw him score 34 goals in total last season. I believe Sneijder would fancy a move to the Premiership, as he plays with the 23 man Holland squad containing 5 current Premiership players and 4 past Premiership players. Names and sums are being banded about, but when the smoke clears, expect Sneijder to stand prominent… at Inter Milan. He won’t leave and he will settle nicely into iconic status at the San Siro.