REPORTS: United Chief Seals £35m Sneijder Deal
The Daily Mail claim that a £35 million deal for Wesley Sneijder is almost done and dusted.
According to the paper, Manchester United’s Chief Executive, David Gill, met with Inter executives at the European Club Association in Zurich yesterday, in which he expressed United’s willingness to pay the Italian club £35 million for Sneijder. They claim that the Glazer family – the family that owns United – have sanctioned Sir Alex Ferguson the money to spend on the Dutch play maker as a replacement for Paul Scholes.
Apparently, despite Inter’s reluctance to sell their prized asset, the offered amount from United is too big a bid to turn down, and is enough to persuade them to let Sneijder go. In another bonus for United, the Mail claim that instead of Sneijder being paid the reported fees of £250,000 a week or £200,000 a week, the player has compromised and United have instead agreed to pay him £190,000 a week, which leaves Wayne Rooney untouched as United’s highest paid player.
It does seem a little to good to be true, and is by no means confirmation that Sneijder is now very soon to be a Manchester United player, but the Daily Mail must surely get their information from somewhere. Either they have completely made up this story – which is very possible – or there is some truth behind it, and Sneijder is closer to a Manchester United move than he was before. Though I urge all United fans to remain pessimistic until the player is unveiled next to Sir Alex Ferguson with a Manchester Untied shirt in his hands.
In other news, Luka Modric has handed in a formal transfer request to Tottenham Hotspur in another attempt to leave the club for Chelsea, who have now placed two bids for him. Modric was apparently lied to by the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who told Modric earlier in his Tottenham career that if a club like Chelsea were to come in with a bid, it would be considered. Levy’s handling of the situation, i.e: not listening to any offers has made Modric, a former target of Manchester United, even more determined to leave.
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