United-Sneijder saga takes double twist

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The Manchester United-Wesley Sneijder transfer saga shows no sign of slowing down after the Dutchman was quoted twice on the same day offering different stories.

The Inter Milan playmaker was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with claims Sir Alex Ferguson had lined-up the player as a possible successor to Paul Scholes.

Despite claims from the Manchester United manager to the contrary yesterday, speculation remains rife as to what actually happened this summer involving the two parties, and the answer remains unclear after the most recent comments from Sneijder.

"United? I would have liked to [join them]. It would be crazy to suggest otherwise," he is reported to have said in Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.

However, comments have emerged on the same day in Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport claiming Sneijder told Jose Mourinho he was not interested in a move to Manchester United.

"I am happy to have stayed because I never wanted to leave and so I no longer want to speak about Manchester United," he's again quoted as saying.

A move now appears unlikely though, with Ferguson happy with his squad at Old Trafford and highlighting only Xavi and Anders Iniesta as players capable of following the retired Manchester United legend.


"Sneijder is not the ideal replacement for Scholes," said the Manchester United manager during his tour of Italy.

"He is a fantastic player but not what we were looking for. Only Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta are comparable to Scholes."

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