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Manchester United should not spend £16m on Wesley Sneijder

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Manchester United's appointment of the reputable and experienced Louis van Gaal as the permanent successor to David Moyes at Old Trafford has, understandably, led to a whole host of players being linked with a potential switch to the 20-time top-flight champions. 

Many such tiresome transfer links have, unsurprisingly given Van Gaal's current position as manager of the Netherlands, involved many stars of a Dutch persuasion - most of whom are part of his current squad at the World Cup in Brazil.

Along with the likes of Arjen Robben, Bruno Martins Indi, Daley Blind, Daryl Janmaat and Stefan de Vrij, one of the most recognisable and celebrated Dutch internationals that has been mentioned with regard to a possible switch to Old Trafford is Wesley Sneijder.

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Affordable release clause

The 30-year-old - who was powerless to prevent his nation from exiting the World Cup at the semi-final stage in particularly cruel fashion on Wednesday evening - has been subject to yet another barrage of transfer rumours over recent days, with Galatasaray president Unal Aysal  having moved to confirm the existence of a £16 million release clause in the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan playmaker's current contract.

While to many this may seem like a realistic and relatively affordable price for such an experienced and proven player, I firmly believe that Manchester United and Van Gaal should resist making an offer and forget about Sneijder completely.

As an admirer of his career and his durability at the very highest level of the game, I certainly do not dispute Sneijder's track record or individual qualities.

However, to put it simply, Manchester United simply do not need another player in his particular position at this stage.

Primarily deployed as a traditional 'no.10' behind a lone striker, Sneijder, in the seemingly unlikely event that he were to join Van Gaal in the Premier League, would be joining a long list of players in the club's squad that are already capable of fulfilling this particular role.

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Established internationals such as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa - in addition to the likes of talented youngster Adnan Januzaj - are all perfectly comfortable in this position and adding Sneijder - who is perhaps now a little past his peak - on big wages would only serve to heighten the frustrations of those who feel they are not currently being given an adequate chance to impress.

Other positions should be a priority

Rather than seeking to court Sneijder or any other solely attacking players, Manchester United should be focusing all of their attentions and resources on recruiting at least one new central defender and more of an all-round energetic midfield presence.

Borussia Dortmund captain and Juventus talisman Arturo Vidal are believed to be two of Van Gaal's primary targets.

Although a lack of Champions League competition next season and an obvious reluctance from both of those aforementioned clubs to part with arguably their most lucrative assets could make both deals difficult to negotiate, these are exactly the sorts of players that are desperately required to help restore Manchester United to their former glory.

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