United make ‘final swoop’ for £35m playmaker – report

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Manchester United are making ‘one final swoop’ for Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, despite Inter insisting the star isn’t for sale, according to the Manchester Evening News.

"Sneijder was untouchable before the situation with Eto'o and he has become even more so now Eto'o could leave,” Inter president Massimo Moratti said yesterday. “There has never been any kind of talks about Wes.”


But Manchester United have reportedly not given up, and are not listening to the Italian club’s mixed messages over Sneijder. The English club are working overtime to work out a way to meet the star’s sky high wage demands should he make the move to United.

Sneijder currently earns up to £200,000 a week at Inter, and receives more tax breaks than if he were playing in England. United have long been weary of taking on a player who earns this much, and are said to be working around it with third party sponsorship deals and bonuses.

Manchester United have spent more than £50 million so far this summer, and have brought a keeper, defender and winger into the club. But the hole that Paul Scholes left when he retired is yet to be filled, and fans and pundits alike see Sneijder as perfect for the vacant position.

And while Inter have now said that Sneijder isn’t for sale, United are willing to be patient and wait until the last minute on deadline day if need be to land their man.

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