Manchester United will not be signing Wesley Sneijder

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Suggestions that Wesley Sneijder will be joining Manchester United have been dismissed by his agent, though this is not something Old Trafford fans should be too upset by.

Talk of a possible switch from Galatasaray to the Premier League surfaced earlier this week when the Netherlands playmaker admitted he would always be open to linking up with Louis van Gaal, who will take over as the new manager when the Dutch interest in the World Cup is over.

Manchester United have been linked with a possible move for Sneijder since 2011 when he was playing for Inter Milan and have regularly been credited with an interest in him since, though any suggestion that this summer might be the time he actually does make the Premier League switch has been dispelled by his agent.

"Rumours linking Sneijder with Manchester United are false," Guido Albers is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.

"Neither Sneijder or myself have had any contact with Manchester United. Van Gaal has not held any talks with me regarding a possible move to United.

"These are just rumours, Sneijder loves Istanbul and his family have settled in there. Sneijder is very happy at Galatasaray and has a great relationship with the club president Ünal Aysal.

"Personally I think Galatasaray is a great club and we have had no talks with other clubs, Sneijder has a long contract and will definitely be continuing at Galatasaray."

So that is that then, but such are the nature of transfers these days, do not be shocked if plans change and he does make a Manchester United move, as things can change quickly.

However, fans of the Old Trafford club should not feel any loss at there now being no prospect of acquiring Sneijder, because signing him would be no great gain for Louis van Gaal's squad in 2014. The 30-year-old's injury troubles have hastened his transformation from the player that led Jose Mourinho's Inter to a treble, to a player that is begging to look leggy near the end of his career.

Certainly Sneijder can no longer deliver performances with the same energy as he once did and it may be too little too late for him to make his mark in England. The Premier League has come a long way and is now a far more technical competition than when it launched 20 years ago, but it is still far more physical than most of the other top European leagues.

Sneijder's diminutive stature was not a massive issue for him for most of his career because he was mobile and nimble enough to still excel, but as the years pass by his legs haven't moved quite as quickly.

The former Ajax and Real Madrid midfielder still has magic in his boots and pulls out some of the most delightful through balls and dead balls, but it is a legitimate question to ask whether he could find the same time and space in the Premier League to play his normal game for Manchester United.

Van Gaal already has a player at his disposal in the United ranks to do a similar job in the form of Juan Mata, who already has the necessary experience in England and has proved he can be a devastating force to opposition defences - though he failed to fully bed himself in at Old Trafford after his move during last season's January transfer window.

Next campaign should be different though and Van Gaal would be advised to stick with what he has in Mata, if he had the choice. Sneijder to the Premier League is a deal from the past, it's time to look for younger legs.

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