Chelsea target Wesley Sneijder is set to be offered to Manchester United in an amazing part-exchange deal for winger Luis Nani, if yesterday’s press reports are to be believed.
And, if the Dutchman gets the opportunity to join the Red Devils ahead of the Blues from Galatasaray, then his decision should be an absolute no-brainer.
Sneijder has worked with Blues boss Jose Mourinho before of course, and the pair enjoyed success during their time together at Inter Milan. He's subsequently been linked with a move to the capital, with Louis van Gaal even urging the player to join the club.
However, ‘the Special One’s’ treatment of big-name players at Stamford Bridge should serve as a warning for the 29-year-old, who only has to look at Juan Mata this season to see how difficult earning game-time at Chelsea can be.
Whilst the team in west London have plenty of attacking midfield talent, such a player is in short supply at Old Trafford, as manager David Moyes looks to make his mark on the side he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.
The older Scot tried to sign Sneijder back in 2011, but just as a deal looked like it could be agreed, it all fell through and the player remained in Italy.
Much has happened since then, but it would be hard to argue that Manchester United are a better side now in that creative midfield position. Ryan Giggs is older, Paul Scholes has retired (again), and Shinji Kagawa, for whatever reason, can’t get into the team.
Marouane Fellaini was the club’s big-name signing in the summer, but for all the Belgian’s attributes, he is not the player to unlock the door of a quality defence in the Champions League.
He might smash through it, but he won’t pick the lock. The obvious first thought is that Sneijder is now past his best, playing in a less competitive league on a week-to-week basis.
But, at 29, it’s hard to believe that he isn’t still able to play at the highest level. Since joining Gala, the 96-cap Dutch international has scored five goals in 23 appearances in all competitions, showing that he still has the eye for an occasional goal.
It’s his ability to create which is much more desirable though, and the likes of Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney are unlikely to object to the signing of such a player.
Such a deal is bound to have stumbling blocks, and Moyes would need to be willing to part-exchange Nani and some cash to bring Sneijder to Manchester United.
Agreeing wages would be the next step, and given the wealth of owner Roman Abramovich, the better financial package would presumably be on offer at Chelsea.
But, with a World Cup on the horizon, playing on a regular basis for the English champions wouldn’t be the worst option if it became a genuine proposition.
At this moment in time, the whole idea of Sneijder playing for Manchester United probably seems too good to be true for fans of the club. Crazier things have happened though, and perhaps Moyes could succeed where Ferguson failed two-and-a-half years laters.
The old boss wouldn't begrudge his successor a transfer coup, particularly if it meant taking a Chelsea target from in-front of their nose.