Manchester United should have the chance to land long-term target, and Louis van Gaal favourite, Wesley Sneijder in the coming months, as his agent has confirmed that he will seek crisis talks with Galatasaray chiefs.
It’s been rumoured recently that the Netherlands international is discontented in Turkey, and the fact that he was left out of Cesare Prandelli’s side to face Trabzonspor at the weekend looks like it’s pushed him over the edge.
Sneijder, despite being the most decorated player in the Gala side, is struggling to force his way into the manager’s plans of late, and his chief representative, Guido Albers, has revealed he’s not taking it well.
He told a Turkish TV channel: “I do not know why he was sitting on the bench.
“We’ll have talks with the board on Wednesday in Brussels. We’re going to speak about Wesley and we’ll discuss this important event.
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"We’ll have talks with the board on Wednesday in Brussels. We’re going to speak about Wesley and we’ll discuss this important event"
“I really do not know why he did not start in the team. Sneijder wants to stay, but he continues to sit on the bench. Nobody wants to sit on the bench.”
United move possible?
What this might mean for Van Gaal’s transfer plans remains to be seen, but the strain in relations between Sneijder and his current club certainly leaves the door open for a transfer if one is intended to be sought.
The Red Devils boss has a healthy friendship with the player in question, and their work together at this summer’s World Cup is sure to have United supporters siding with an optimistic approach to this particular batch of speculation.
Sneijder may be heading into the twilight of his career but he proved during his time at Inter Milan that he has what it takes to knock around with the big boys, and there may well come a time in his life when he looks back at his move to Turkey with regret. Gala are paying a king’s ransom each week, but his success-rate, and subsequent reputation, has taken a battering.
When it comes for United’s need for such a player the first seeds of doubt begin to be sown, as they’re hardly bereft of attacking talent amongst their ranks. What they need more than anything else is a leader who can pull together their defensive third, though if Van Gaal believes Sneijder could evolve to become a midfield anchor there’s no reason why the move couldn’t work, in theory at least.
During the meeting on Wednesday the 30-year-old’s future could well be resolved, with Prandelli knowing that he will have to sell him if he harbours any dreams of luring other big European names to Galatasaray. If that’s the case then he will be available come January, and Van Gaal could do far worse.