Manchester United are on the brink of signing Galatasaray playmaker Wesley Sneijder after Juventus turned their attention to Borussia Dortmund’s attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
This is according to a report published by the Express - and brought to our attention by the Metro - which claims both Manchester United and Sneijder are keen to put pen-to-paper on a £15 million transfer as soon as possible.
Juventus had reportedly been keen to bring the Netherlands international back to Serie A, but have now turned their attention to Mkhitaryan and hope to complete a deal before the transfer window closes on Monday night.
United fans might be concerned
That Manchester United would be interested in signing Sneijder - a 30-year-old attacking midfielder who best days are possible behind him - may concern some of the club’s supporters.
The former Inter Milan star has not been the same all-action playmaker since helping the Nerazzurri lift the European Cup under Jose Mourinho four-and-a-half years ago.
Van Gaal could get the best out of him
However, he showed that he still has plenty to offer at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil last summer, where he flourished under Louis van Gaal’s management.
Van Gaal, who is also keen to complete a deal for Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos tomorrow, may feel the player would be a better option than either Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj or Angel di Maria in the hole behind the team’s strikers.
Manchester United fans: would you be happy if Sneijder arrived at Old Trafford on Monday? Tell us in the comments below.