Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils to Pursue Wesley Sneijder in January

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2012

UDINE, ITALY - APRIL 25:  Wesley Sneijder of Internazionale Milano celebrates after scoring  his second goal during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Friuli on April 25, 2012 in Udine, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
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Despite a great start, the midfield has been a slight sore spot for Manchester United all season, and with January's transfer window upcoming, manager Alex Ferguson plans on rectifying that deficiency.

According to ESPN's Miguel Delaney, the club is preparing a bid for Wesley Sneijder, who is currently in a contract dispute with Inter Milan. Even more interesting is the fact that Nani may be headed back to Inter in the deal, per Delaney:

The Old Trafford club came extremely close to signing Sneijder in August 2011 only for the deal to fall down over financial demands. But with United's hand now strengthened due to the player's current difficulties, ESPN understands they are strongly considering another bid with Nani possibly going the other way.

By no means is any of this news a massive revelation. Sneijder has long been a favorite of Ferguson and his excellent passing skills and deft scoring ability are just the remedy to cure what few ills the Red Devils have. 

Though United's season has gone quite well thus far, it's undeniable that the midfield is a weak spot in the lineup. Ferguson has had to rely on Ryan Giggs far more than he or any of the fans would like and the attack has suffered when he's been on the field.

Bringing in Sneijder would certainly prove beneficial. At just 28 years old, the Dutch captain is still in his prime and fits in directly with Ferguson's win-now direction. 

Nani, meanwhile, has almost completely fallen out of favor with Ferguson. The 26-year-old winger was thrown under the bus by his manager after United's loss to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup and has been thought to be unhappy for some time now.  

While he's currently injured, Nani is still a respected force on the wing and could be an attractive piece for Inter.

It will obviously take more financial finagling to get this deal done than a simple one-for-one deal. But with players seemingly unhappy in their current surroundings, this could be a perfect win-win scenario for United and Inter.

Either way, it's starting to look more and more like Ferguson will be making a big splash in January, whether it's with Sneijder or someone else.