Sneijder’s stalemate forces United manager Ferguson to continue midfielder search
Old Trafford was once again victim of ambiguity when club officials reported conflicting news. Disarray was portrayed by the champions of English Premier League, in the aftermath of the Wesley Sneijder saga. However a leader from the English camp stepped forward to declare the final verdict. It was manager, Sir Alex Ferguson who once again showed clarity and confirmed that reins to Manchester United’s future were in safe hands.
The Scotsman’s charismatic and prudent approach has made it clear why the 69-year-old is still seated at the Throne of Red Devils. Throughout the Sneijder saga, the 3 times Champions League winner was as cool as a cucumber even though he admitted that Manchester United’s midfield could be like a hole in a dyke, ready to build catastrophic results in the upcoming seasons.
Without doubt Ferguson had been Sneijder admirer for some time. Just about two weeks ago the Scotsman was geared up to break the bank for him. United compromised to the terms of Inter Milan and the Serie A player till the last gate broke and fate sealed a stale mate. During this period the price tag on Nerazzurri’s Flying Dutchman increased from £35 million to a speculated £60 million bid and the weekly salary was raised from £150,000 to £200,000. All this forced Fergie to resign and admit that the former Real Madrid ace was just not worth the trouble.
Now, the winds have changed direction and that can be corroborated by the recent club statements. Media reports have also revealed a new list of midfielders that Ferguson plans to target this summer. In one of his latest press releases Ferguson confirmed that the interest over Sneijder is fading fast. He told media personnel to “forget it”. He stated, “We are looking at some things but I am not so sure Sneijder will be easy to get.”
Rumors around the block suggest that Ferguson is now focused towards signing Santos’s Ganso, Tottenham Hotspur’s Luka Modric, Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, Napoli’s Marek Hamsik, Palermo’s Javier Pastore and Valencia’s Juan Mata.
All these players possess the necessary skills required to fill in the gap left by the English veteran Paul Scholes. The impending retirement of Welsh legend, Ryan Giggs will also weaken the English outfit. It is expected that 38-year-old will hang up his boots at the end of next season. This development has forced Ferguson to patch up his midfield this summer.
Fergie will be aiming to bring a tough yet creative stalwart into the Red Devil ranks. Ganso, Modric and Mata can be ranked on top of the search list. With Sneijder out of the picture, the Scottish gaffer can utilize his £60 million to buy two players instead of one. Football pundits have predicted that a £25 million bid on Modric or Mata will arrive in a couple of days alongside a £30 million bid on Schweinsteiger.