Manchester United and Southampton could yet sign Netherlands star Wesley Sneijder this month, as Galatasaray chief Hamza Hamzaoglu has confirmed that the player might be allowed to leave if he asks to.
The future of the playmaker has been uncertain of late, with a host of top European outfits said to be ready to take him away from Turkey. His position as Gala’s most notable name has ensured that his club haven’t been keen to do any sort of business, but that will almost certainly change should the player himself formally state a desire to move clubs.
With Louis van Gaal said to have the 30-year-old on his transfer radar, and the likes of Southampton and Serie A giants Juventus both eager to fight for his signature, Hamzaoglu has been forced to issue a response to the speculation. Whilst his club are still steadfast in their resolution to ensure Sneijder remains a Galatasaray player, there may be room for manoeuvre.
Sneijder for sale?
"We have no intention of selling him, but of course there are going to be rumours during the transfer window,” stated Hamzaoglu, according to Italian media.
“If he came to me and told me he wanted to leave, then we’d talk about it.”
"If he came to me and told me he wanted to leave, then we’d talk about it"
Despite being one of the most decorated players in Europe Sneijder has dropped off the radar somewhat since his move to the Super Lig. His mammoth contract there is likely enough to keep him happy to a degree but the faltering form under both Roberto Mancini and most recently Cesare Prandelli has left Gala floundering as their status amongst Europe’s best clubs continues to deteriorate.
As such Sneijder has been persistently linked with an exit to play his remaining years elsewhere. Although it’s been said recently that Galatasaray are trying to negotiate a new deal with him he may see this January window as a chance to move to pastures new, with the Premier League a potential new stomping ground.
Saints boss Ronald Koeman has already confirmed that it’s virtually beyond his powers to recruit a player of Sneijder’s ilk but United could be a genuine suitor if Van Gaal sees his former student as capable of doing a job in midfield.
Injuries have been plentiful at Old Trafford this term and the Dutchman could do far worse than a tried and trusted head in the middle of the park.