Sir Alex Ferguson are making signing Wesley Sneijder an ‘urgent priority’ after Darren Fletcher’s stomach illness resurfaced, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Fletcher is currently resting in Manchester while United continue their USA pre-season tour, and on top of having to replace retired Paul Scholes, Ferguson is reportedly becoming desperate to find a top dollar midfield signing to start the season in a Manchester United shirt.

Sneijder reportedly has a number of issues involved in a move from Inter Milan to Manchester United, with salary concerns the biggest problem. Sneijder is currently on a staggering £250,000 a week with the Italian outfit, and harsher tax laws in Britain means his basic salary would need to be increased.


Another issue is that Sneijder’s TV present wife, Yolanthe, wants to remain in in her job in Italy. But in a sign of Manchester United’s intention to sign the Inter star, the club have reportedly employed an agency to look into English job opportunities for her.

Ferguson denied last week that United were chasing Sneijder, despite the rumour mill hitting overdrive that the midfielder had agreed to a deal in the vicinity of £35 million for a move to Old Trafford.

But, according to the local paper, Ferguson has always been keen on Sneijder and after Fletcher fell ill once more, the Manchester United manager has moved to step up his chase of the star.

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