Manchester United’s hopes of signing Louis van Gaal favourite Wesley Sneijder have taken a massive dent, as Galatasaray are close to agreeing a new deal with him.
That information comes courtesy of the Daily Express, citing reports in Turkey, who claim that the 30-year-old playmaker’s agent, Guido Albers, is in negotiations with Gala over a two and a half year deal which would see his client bag £2.5 million-a-term.
Sneijder staying put
Earlier this season it was reported that the Turkish giants were ready to part ways with Sneijder, who has somewhat dropped off the radar since performing well at the World Cup, as it would allow them to sign another foreign player.
However, as the interest from the likes of United, rivals Manchester City and Premier League high-flyers Southampton has grown, it appears now that he won’t be moving anywhere.
No English move
With the former Inter Milan star set to turn 31 in June the new contract - if indeed it is signed and settled - will all but rule out the chance of him ever appearing in the Premier League, despite the fact he’s been linked with different English clubs for a number of years.
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Many thought that Van Gaal would be the figure to finally lure him to arguably Europe’s toughest league, but the Dutchman has shown little sign that he’ll move for his compatriot next month.
Old Trafford changes
The mood at Old Trafford has become incredibly positive since Van Gaal’s appointment following his fairly successful World Cup in Brazil, but there are many fans expecting big buys in January.
Whilst Sneijder might not be flavour of the day anymore there are still calls for the purchase of an experienced centre-half, whilst the addition of another midfielder also wouldn’t go amiss.
As for Sneijder and Galatasaray, he’ll certainly be hoping that fortunes on-pitch improve in the coming calendar year. Their form of late has been drastically improved from what it was up until early December, but even so they remain three points adrift of Besiktas, who sit top.