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Manchester United given the green light to land Wesley Sneijder

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Speculation surrounding Dutch international, Wesley Sneijder, and a potential move to Manchester United, appears to be gathering momentum following comments made by Galatasaray president, Unal Aysal.

United interest

The 30-year old midfielder has reportedly expressed an interest in linking up with his former international manager Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford, despite stressing he is enjoying life at Galatasaray.

Sneijder, capped 105-times by his country, has won league titles with Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Galatasaray, including the UEFA Champions League and Coppa Italia with Inter Milan in 2009/10 under Jose Mourinho during their successful treble season.

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The player suggested recently in the Daily Mail, that it would be difficult to turn down an opportunity of linking up with Van Gaal, if the question was asked by his former manager.

"In the Netherlands, Van Gaal is something like the head teacher of a school. Not everyone is lucky enough to get into his good books," he said.

"He trains his players very hard and always expects the highest standards. I am happy at Galatasaray, I have established myself at the club and have settled in.

"However, if Van Gaal were to make me an offer, I would have to at least consider it. Nobody from the Netherlands can simply reject Van Gaal."

United have been searching for a creative, goalscoring midfielder since the retirement of Paul Scholes and Sneijder's attacking qualities from midfield could provide that spark for Van Gaal.

Galatasaray willing to listen to offers

Comments made today by Galatasaray president, Unal Aysal, appear to have paved the way for a potential move for the midfielder, with the boss saying that he will let players go if their valuation is met, around £22 million in Sneijder's case.

"With regards to Muslera and Sneijder we have not received an offer for either player," Aysal said.

"Both these players are very important to our team and as a result we value them accordingly.

"We won't release these players for any less than our asking price and that has scared a few interested parties away.

"If a club wants either of these players they are going to have to pay up as we are obliged to listen to any offers which meet their release clause.

"If their release clause is activated there is nothing we can do."

Balotelli a Galatasaray target

Galatasaray are thought to be speaking out in order to get respective clubs to move for either Sneijder or Muslera in the hope that they can raise sufficient liquidity to make a serious offer for AC Milan's Mario Balotelli.

Sneijder could be just the player for United

Balotelli is running out of options due to his massive £5 million-a-year wage demands, however if the Turkish giants can offload Sneijder who is on €6 million-a-season, Balotelli could secure the move away from AC Milan that he so desperately wants.

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