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Sneijder hands United 10% transfer chance

United need 'something unexpected' to land Sneijder. (©GettyImages)
United need 'something unexpected' to land Sneijder. (©GettyImages).

Wesley Sneijder has spoken on the transfer speculation surrounding Manchester United, and admits he's unlikely to leave Inter Milan in January.

The Dutch international playmaker has been heavily linked with a move away from the San Siro for several months now, with the Red Devils pursuing the 27-year-old as a possible replacement for Paul Scholes.

But, after missing out on the midfielder in the summer, Manchester United again appear unlikely to land the former Ajax starlet, with Sneijder predicting a stay in Serie 'A'.

"If I must give a percentage for it, I think I am 90 per cent certain I will stay [until at least the summer]," Sneijder told Voetbal International.

"I enjoy myself here at the moment and at this point I don't have anything to choose from."

The former Real Madrid player did, of course, throw Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson a possible lifeline, intimating 'something unexpected' could always happen in the transfer window.

"I don't say that I am 100% certain because something unexpected can always happen," he added.

Manchester United were expected to add a player of Sneijder's ilk before the start of the Premier League season following Scholes' retirement, but instead handed academy graduate Tom Cleverley a staring role at the heart of midfield.

The young England international impressed, but a foot injury coincided with a dip in form for the club, and after their exit from Europe in December, questions were asked over the caliber of player currently within the Old Trafford ranks.

Ferguson has stuck by his players throughout, and suggested that moves would not be made in the opening month of 2012 despite press speculation to the contrary in recent weeks.

Sneijder has been the most constant transfer link throughout, but his potential English switch now seems unlikely, and Manchester United might have to look elsewhere - or do something 'unexpected' for the £35 million-rated player.

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