Wesley Sneijder - a summer target for Manchester United - is set to be offloaded by Galatasaray this summer in order to fund the club's pursuit of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.
This information comes courtesy of Turkish media reports cited by The Daily Express, which further claim that new Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli - who replaced compatriot Roberto Mancini in the dugout at the Türk Telekom Arena back in early June - is keen to sign Balotelli and would accept the loss of Sneijder as a consequence of securing such an impressive deal.
Manchester United interest
The news that Sneijder looks increasingly likely to become available in the near future could presumably attract further interest from Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal's appointment as the club's new manager having seen the 30-year-old long-term target linked with another potential switch to Old Trafford.
Indeed, with the Express reporting that Galatasaray could even be willing to sell Sneijder for less than his £16 million release clause, Van Gaal may well deem the Netherlands international - a player he must know very well indeed following his second spell as national team boss which came to an end following the triumph over Brazil on Saturday - as a cost-effective purchase who has the experience and the skill to help elevate Manchester United back into title contention.
The signing of Sneijder or indeed any other attacking midfielder may not feature highly on Van Gaal's list of transfer priorities for the remainder of the summer window, however, particularly with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa, Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata all able and willing to occupy that advanced role behind lone striker Robin van Persie.
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As well as adding weight to the possibility of Sneijder reuniting with Van Gaal, Galatasaray's obvious interest in Balotelli only serves to add further intrigue to the race for his signature.
Despite being one of AC Milan's better performers during a truly turgid 2013/14 campaign at the San Siro, Balotelli has been at the centre of a seemingly never-ending stream of transfer speculation over recent months.
Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has previously claimed that an agreement was struck to sell the former Manchester City striker back to an interested English party, only for a move to later breakdown, presumably due to the Azzurri's less than impressive form at the recent World Cup.
Balotelli's short stint in Serie A does still look likely to come to an abrupt end, however, with the most recent speculation on his future suggesting that AC Milan had cut his price tag considerably in order to lure potential suitors back to the negotiating table.
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