Galatasaray playmaker Wesley Sneijder claims Inter Milan's excessive transfer demands prevented him from joining Manchester United in the summer of 2010, reports Sky Sports.

Two-and-a-half years ago, the 28-year-old was one of the most in-demand players in world football, after a series of scintillating performances for the Italian giants.

Under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan won an historic treble in 2009/10, landing the Serie 'A' title, Coppa Italia, and the Champions League, with Sneijder instrumental in the Nerazzurri's success that year.

At the time, Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson was looking to bring a creative midfielder to Old Trafford. However, Manchester United were reluctant to meet Inter Milan's inflated asking price for Sneijder.

"We had some talks with Alex Ferguson back in 2010," confirmed Sneijder, in an interview with Galatasaray Dergisi. "They [United] contacted the club after our Treble season but too much money was asked for. And I was also happy at Inter so I decided to stay.

"Manchester United are a fantastic club and they kept showing interest after that year but not as determined as before.

"I don't give much thought about proposed transfers, if I'm happy somewhere, I'm happy there."

The Holland international remained at San Siro for two-and-a-half years after Manchester United's initial interest. But, after the Premier League giants abandoned their efforts to bring him to England, Sneijder finally moved to Turkey to join Galatasaray in January 2013.


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