The seemingly endless transfer saga of Wesley Sneijder and Manchester United has reared its, some would say, ugly head once more.
The Ross and Rachel of the football world look set to continue their ‘will they won’t they’ relationship over the coming months as David Moyes' United struggle to find their feet, and the Dutchman becomes a more and more attractive proposition.
First linked with the Old Trafford outfit whilst coming through the ranks at Ajax, Sneijder has since taken in spells at Real Madrid, Inter Milan and now Galatasary all the while continuing to be touted as the perfect fit for United - only for a move to fail to develop.
Now could be the time, however, with Moyes reportedly looking to activate Sneijder’s reported £13million buy-out-clause and bring the Dutch pass-master to the Theatre of Dreams to improve the fortunes of the misfiring champions.
Often dismissed as flogging a dead horse, the Ajax academy graduates Old Trafford switch has come close to fruition in the past and he might just be the man Moyes is looking for as the 29-year-old has a wealth of experience to draw upon and would add genuine quality to an area of the field where United are sadly lacking.
Just as United legend Paul Scholes did as he approached 30, Sneijder has the ability to drop deeper into central midfield where he can take the ball off the defence, build up play from the back, hurt the opposition with killer passes and still provide a goal threat by picking his moments to get forward and unleash his devastating strike from distance.
Alongside midfield linchpin Michael Carrick, Sneijder would give United the quality to dominate possession and control games from the centre of the park whilst allowing the forward four the freedom to devastate with the confidence that the right ball will come.
The Galatasaray midfielder's acquisition could also serve to ease the pressure on summer signing Marouane Fellaini, who has found life difficult since his move from Everton, whilst his experience should help the development of nearly man Tom Cleverley, who is running out of time to establish himself as a player of genuine Manchester United quality.
Wages could prove a stumbling block with Sneijder still reported to earn an eye-watering £4.2m a year, though the sale of Anderson should help balance that out - and although Sneijder has no previous Premier League experience, as a Champions League winner who has plied his trade at the Bernabeu, the San Siro and in front of hostile Turkish crowds, the transition shouldn’t be much of an issue.
At 29, Sneijder is perhaps not the typical United signing but he is only six months older than fellow Moyes target Leighton Baines, who most fans are happy to welcome with open arms and given the evolution of his game the Dutchman could have plenty to offer yet.
The major factor in the move would be the question of motivation.
Does Sneijder want another chance to prove to the world how good he is - or is he happy to survive on reputation and is happy just to pick up his, considerable, wage packet?
That's one for Moyes to uncover, but with a World Cup around the corner and Sneijder seemingly out of favour in the Netherlands setup, a chance to showcase his talent on the biggest of stages should leave the Dutchman chomping at the bit to add another of football’s elite to his already glittering CV.
If I were Moyes I’d stop chasing unobtainable midfielders and find out sooner rather than later.
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