Manchester United could be in line to land Wesley Sneijder in a surprise free deal, as it’s emerged that he’s currently engaged in a dispute with Galatasaray concerning his pay.
According to The Guardian the Dutch international has confirmed that his current club haven’t paid him since the beginning of the season, despite the fact he’s on a contract which should see him take home £2.5million per year.
Sneijder moved to Galatasaray from Inter Milan in 2013 and has since gone on to become the most influential player for the Turkish giants. However interest has remained high regarding his signature, with a host of Europe’s top clubs believing he’s still capable of mixing it with the best.
Interest from United
Perhaps the most notable club ranking amongst his suitors are United, now managed of course by former Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal. David Moyes’s successor has a healthy relationship with Sneijder, and worked well with him at this summer’s World Cup.
Their connection only fueled already existing rumours that United were keen to sign the playmaker, and the player himself appeared to back this up by confirming that he would like to play in the Premier League at some point. Since Van Gaal’s arrival over £150million has been spent on revamping the squad at Old Trafford, with midfield an area of the pitch that the 63-year-old has been quick to address.
The club’s chief executive, Ed Woodward, has already confirmed that the club have more money to spend in January, and the likes of Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman find themselves continually linked with moves during the January transfer window. However, if Sneijder lodges a complaint to Fifa concerning the situation with his wages, he could end up severing his contract with Galatasaray, meaning he would be available for free.
It’s a concept French newspaper L’Equipe are endorsing, and one that could ultimately mean that Van Gaal could land Sneijder for free.
Despite that though Jose Mourinho will also no doubt be prowling with intent as well. The Special One worked with Sneijder at Inter Milan and is familiar with his abilities, and another experienced head could serve his squad well as it bids to win back the Premier League title.