Manchester United: Five reasons why Sneijder is not signing

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Ah. It's that time of year again. Silly season. Or, as it shall now be known, Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United season.

During every transfer window for goodness knows how long, the Netherlands international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yet no move has ever materialised.

And guess what? The move bringing Sneijder to north-west England isn't happening this January, either.

Here are five reasons why...

5. Galatasaray need him

Wesley Sneijder might not be the perfect signing for Manchester United, but he is a key player for Galatasaray.

The 29-year-old is Gala's playmaker - everything goes through him - and the Turkish giants will be determined to keep him until the end of the season at least.

They're not in a position where they need to sell, so don't expect former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini(!) to suddenly agree to his departure.

4. He would be cup tied for the Champions League

Why would Manchester United pay a large sum of money on a player who can't even play in the Champions League this season? Answer: they wouldn't.

Sneijder wouldn't be eligible to feature for the Red Devils in this season's Champions League knockout stages, which reduces the chances of him arriving at Old Trafford in the winter. Significantly.

3. United already have multiple 'No. 10s'

Say United do want Sneijder and don't care that he's cup tied in the Champions League; where would he play?

The Dutchman is a No. 10 - which is arguably where United have the most strength in depth.

He isn't going to take the place of Wayne Rooney, while the club also have the gifted Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa in their ranks.

And then there's the talented Adnan Januzaj, who is considered a future No. 10 despite the fact he can also play wide left or right.

2. Huge wage demands

Reports suggest that Sneijder is prepared to take a £1m a year pay cut in order to join the Red Devils.

A) This seems unlikely. He has reached that stage in his career where he has one big pay day left - and talks of him being willing to take a pay cut sound far-fetched.

B) Even if this was true, he would still be earning approximately £3m a year.

1. He's not the player he used to be

There's a reason why Inter Milan allowed Sneijder to leave in January of this year - and there's a reason why no club bigger than Galatasaray were keen to offer him the lucrative deal he craved.

He might only be 29 years old - a decent age for an attacking midfielder - but he peaked in 2010, when he helped Inter Milan win the European Cup under Jose Mourinho and inspired the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final.

He is no longer a world-class attacking midfielder - and United would, in effect, be purchasing a hasbeen - rather than the ideal player to transform their fortunes.

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