Serie A giants Juventus have admitted their interest in out-of-favour Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
The Old Lady are keen to bolster their squad with the transfer window now open, and despite interest from Southampton and Manchester United have now emerged as frontrunners for the Dutchman’s signature.
His situation in Turkey has deteriorated since the departure of Didier Drogba back to Chelsea in the summer, and he could be in line for a stunning return to Serie A.
Speaking to Sky Sports, manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that the club are interested in one of the best central midfielders of the modern era.
"It's not easy to reinforce Juve, but we have some very clear ideas and it's no
secret that we are looking for an attacking midfielder and a defender”, he
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"Sneijder has tremendous technical quality and would complete an already very strong part of the team, creating competition for places."
"He wouldn't be able to play in the Champions League but we have to be realistic
and see who is out there."
The club have also been linked with moves for Radamel Falcao, Miranda and Ramires in recent days, though the acquisition of Sneijder would present the Italian
manager with a selection dilemma given the club already possess Arturo Vidal,
Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo within their ranks.
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If Sneijder is to return to Italy it would be a huge coup for the division, who could be
treated to a series of stunning displays if he manages to rediscover the form that
once made him the best midfielder on the planet.
He first touched down on Italian shores back in 2009, as Jose Mourinho brought him to
Inter Milan and away from Real Madrid after being made surplus to requirements over
in the Spanish capital after the arrival of Xabi Alonso from Liverpool.
The 30-year-old immediately made a big impression in his new surroundings, and
helped fire Inter to an unprecedented treble – with the highlight a 2-0 victory over Louis van Gaal’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in a game
that saw Diego Milito strike twice and Mourinho usurp his old master on the
biggest stage of them all.
Even once the Portuguese maverick left for the sunny shores of Madrid he continued to
impress, registering seven goals and 11 assists under the tutelage of Rafael
Benitez, before injuries and a pay dispute ultimately soured his time at the
Galatasary swooped to fend off Premier League interest at the time, but like his situation
at Inter his relationship with the club has broken down and now seems at the
point of no return.
Allegri is not the only manager to confirm his interest in the player, with Ronald Koeman expressing an interest to bring him to St Mary’s Stadium last month.
However his wage demands could a difficult obstacle to overcome, which could open the door to a move to Manchester United.
Van Gaal has worked with the player before at international level, and could end years of
speculation by finally succeeding where Sir Alex Ferguson did not in bringing
Sneijder to Old Trafford.