Serie A giants Juventus are right to turn down a move for Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
The Dutchman, who has also been linked with a transfer to Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United, is said to be unhappy at current club Galatasary and harbours hope of a return to Italy’s top flight.
However with Massimiliano Allegri already boasting a plethora of midfield options, the Italian is right to turn down a move for a player whose time at the top is drawing to a close.
Sneijder’s previous spell in Italy with Inter Milan was the most successful period of his glittering career.
Having been deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid following the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Xabi Alonso in the summer of 2009 it was under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho where he became one of the best central midfielders in the world.
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His goals and assists helped the Portuguese guide them to an unprecedented treble, with the Netherlands maestro also starting the Champions League final where they beat Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich to claim the biggest prize in domestic football.
However when the Portuguese departed to the Spanish capital to succeed Manuel Pellegrini it sparked a significant change in fortunes and Sneijder was shipped away to Turkey after being exiled over a dispute over his pay package.
Despite age somewhat lessening his powers his performances at the World Cup in the summer showed he is still capable of making an impact on the grandest stages in the sport.
He remains a prominent fixture for his country and was amongst the scorers in the 3-2 defeat to Mexico in the week as Gus Hiddink’s turbulent time at the helm took an unsavoury twist.
Juventus possess Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andre Pirlo but the possible departure of attacking midfielder Sebastian Giovinco would free up funds to be used when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
However if the Italian does depart Turin then Allegri is eager to press on with a bid for Bayern winger Xherdan Shaqiri, whose time under Pep Guardiola looks to be coming to an end having failed to emerge from the shadow of pacey duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
Many eyebrows were raised when the 30-year-old chose Galatasary over a number of Europe’s finest last year and his current state of unhappiness has failed to justify such a decision.
United are interested but the return of Michael Carrick coupled with the form of Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind means such a move may only be possible if Ander Herrera leaves the Red Devils.
Juventus do not need him and wasting valuable funds could be the mistake that finally sees Allegri slip up for the first time since signing on in the summer.
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