Manchester United are still ‘working overtime’, Talksport claims, to sign Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s claims that the side are not interested in purchasing the star.
Ferguson told reporters yesterday at Manchester United’s pre-season tour that the club had no interest in Sneijder for multiple reasons.
"I have not been involved in this [Sneijder transfer] situation. There is no real interest for a lot of reasons. There is nothing I can tell you about it,” Ferguson said.
But part of the reason Ferguson said he has nothing to do with talks is reportedly because David Gill is doing the speaking on United’s behalf for Sneijder. The chief executive has reportedly met representatives to do a deal worth £35 million, including wages of £220,000 a week.
The amount would be a drop from Sneijder’s current £250,000 per week, but United are hopeful that with their standing as title winners and Champions League finalists, Sneijder might go in search of trophies rather than cash.
Ferguson’s public indifference over Sneijder could well be a ploy, in the hopes that rivals Chelsea and Manchester City don’t catch on that the club are trying desperately to capture the player, and see Sneijder as the next Paul Scholes.