Manchester United hasn't approached Wesley Sneijder

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Galatasaray president Unal Aysal, has confirmed that Manchester United has not made an official approach to sign Dutch international, Wesley Sneijder, as reported by the Express.

Van Gaal reunion 

Long-term Manchester United target, has recently stated that an opportunity of linking up with his former international manager, Louis Van Gaal, would be an opportunity he would certainly consider, despite stating he is happy with life in Turkey.

The Daily Mail picked up on comments by the player which would have alerted United club officials to a potential move to Manchester.

"In the Netherlands, Van Gaal is something like the head teacher of a school. Not everyone is lucky enough to get into his good books," he said.

"He trains his players very hard and always expects the highest standards. I am happy at Galatasaray, I have established myself at the club and have settled in.

"However, if Van Gaal were to make me an offer, I would have to at least consider it. Nobody from the Netherlands can simply reject Van Gaal."

Open to offers

Comments made yesterday by Galatasaray president, Unal Aysal, appears to have paved the way for Sneijder to open discussions with United, however he did stress that the players buy-out clause of £16 million must be met first.

"With regards to Muslera and Sneijder we have not received an offer for either player," Aysal said.

"Both these players are very important to our team and as a result we value them accordingly.

"We won't release these players for any less than our asking price and that has scared a few interested parties away.

"If a club wants either of these players they are going to have to pay up as we are obliged to listen to any offers which meet their release clause.

"If their release clause is activated there is nothing we can do."

Negotiations for a new deal

In what could be viewed as a contradiction in yesterday's comments, Aysal, has reportedly said that the club are not interested in selling the former Inter Milan player, and that his agent is currently in negotiations for an extended deal.

"Sneijder has a €20 million release-clause but that does not mean we want to sell him."

The Galatasaray president went on to clarify: "Nobody has made an offer that would activate his clause anyway.

"Sneijder has not reached an agreement for Manchester United, he has not signed for them, these rumours are not true."

"Sneijder's agent has been in talks with us regarding a three-year contract extension."

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Whether these latest comments put an end to the speculation or not remains to be seen, however it is thought that the salary he is requesting is substantially larger than the €6 million-a-season he is currently on, a level the club are not prepared to meet.


This could be a ploy by Sneijder's agent to get the club to wash their hands of the player, although many believe new coach Cesare Prandelli is happy to get rid of the 30-year old to raise liquidity for new recruits, in particular Mario Balotelli.

United have been searching for a creative, goalscoring midfielder since the retirement of Paul Scholes making the Dutch international the perfect player to fulfil that role for Louis Van Gaal.

Sneijder could be a steal at just £16 million

Sneijder, capped 105-times by his country, has won league titles with Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Galatasaray, including the UEFA Champions League and Coppa Italia with Inter Milan in 2009/10 under Jose Mourinho during their successful treble season.

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