Tuesday, 30th August, 2011
The prospect of Manchester United rekindling their interest in Wesley Sneijder has been floated by the club’s first team coach Rene Meulensteen.
Sneijder has interested the English champions for much of the summer, but Sir Alex Ferguson was forced to shut the door on a potential move when the Dutchman refused to lower his wage demands.
The chances of the former Real Madrid man moving became slimmer still when Samuel Eto’o was sold to Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, relieving some of the pressure on Inter’s finances and making a second big name departure unlikely.
But Meulensteen has confirmed that United retain an interest in Sneijder and stressed his belief that where there is a will there is often a way.
"Sir Alex Ferguson has tremendous confidence in our current squad", the Dutch coach was quoted as commenting, "but a player like Wesley Sneijder could be suitable for us.
"I said, and I repeat again, where there is a will there is always a possibility.
"And if the club bought Sneijder, we would only be applauded."
Meulensteen also stressed that the new-look young side Ferguson is building at Old Trafford would not be incompatible with the arrival of the 27-year-old.
"Despite the fact that our squad is very young, I don’t see why a player like Sneijder, 27 years old, could not adapt to our team.
"We will play many difficult games this season. We’ll see if the club decides to buy him or not."