Galatasaray will reportedly offer a new contract to Wesley Sneijder amid speculation regarding the future of the Dutchman, who has been linked with a reunion at Manchester United with his former international manager Louis van Gaal.
This is according to talkSPORT, who report that Galatasaray are prepared to explore the possibility of extending Sneijder’s stay beyond the terms of his current deal, which expires in two years and includes a £16 million release clause.
It may be a sizeable sum for a player aged 30 but, considering Manchester United signed compatriot Robin van Persie for £24 million when he was only a year younger, it would not be beyond them to spend that amount were there genuine interest in Sneijder.
And let’s not forget that they would supposedly sanction a £60 million bid for Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be 30 in February, and pay him in excess of £300,000-per-week. Money is hardly the most pressing concern for the club at this time.
But Galatasaray will hope they are able to retain the services of Sneijder, who moved to Istanbul from Inter Milan in 2013 and has made 62 appearances for the club. The other consideration, of course, is whether or not Van Gaal really would want the player.
Man Utd interest
Sneijder was an integral member of Van Gaal’s starting XI during his time as the Netherlands coach, and once again proved his worth for his country at the World Cup this summer with a vital goal in the dramatic victory over Mexico.
But while Sneijder is something of a unique talent in the Netherlands set-up, Manchester United are already pretty well compensated for attacking midfielders and No.10s. Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj can all operate in this position, and Sneijder would be something of an unnecessary luxury purchase.
There was a time when he had appeared an ideal acquisition for Manchester United, and it had appeared that a move to Old Trafford was inevitable. Alas, Sir Alex Ferguson did not recruit him from Inter and the search for Paul Scholes’ successor went on.
Chelsea, too, have been linked with Sneijder - something that makes sense given that he was at his best under Jose Mourinho - but they too have a wealth of options available for the positions in which he performs most effectively.