Wesley Sneijder, one of the world’s most talented footballers, Champions League winner, World Cup finalist, awarded the Silver Ball at the 2010 World Cup finals for being the second best player at the tournament, has not played a competitive club game of football since September 25th, in spite of being fit for the past two months.
After reportedly falling out with Inter Milan over his salary, it seems that his signature is up for grabs, quite a prize indeed for anyone willing to stump up the appropriate cash. One of the most ridiculous transfer rumors of all time emerged the other day when bottom of the Premier League QPR were linked with his signature.
While they may have the funds, one of the world’s most stellar names is hardly going to risk his career by going to play for a club who could very well be in the English Championship next year.
However, Manchester United were linked with him over the summer of 2011/12 and this is an extremely viable option for the man from the Netherlands.
If you like free bets, you will see that they are at 4/1 to sign him this month.
United have been left playing Michael Carrick alongside Tom Cleverley or Paul Scholes in the centre of their midfield this season, with Wayne Rooney dropping in to help out.
As good a prospect as Cleverley is, and as much as Carrick has developed over the last couple of years, neither of them have the class of Sneijder, the vision, the passing ability, the technique with a dead ball or skill on the ball.
Scholes in his pomp undoubtedly was a world-class player in a similar mould, but ultimately United need to look past him to the future, and at just 28, Sneijder could be at the top of his game for 5 or 6 years yet.
His signing would also allow Rooney more freedom to play further up the pitch, by linking the play between the midfield and forwards.
Of the top clubs in England, Manchester United are the one that would benefit most from signing the Dutchman, they need a player like him.
By Sam Copson