Manchester United’s list of failed transfer attempts grew on Tuesday with news from Galatasaray that the Premier League champions made a bid for Wesley Sneijder.
David Moyes targeted several playmakers throughout the summer window, but only now has it come to light that Sneijder was among them. Galatasaray sporting co-ordinator Bulut Tulun was quoted by Milliyet, via Richard Jolly of ESPNFC, as saying:
Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted.
There are several clubs that want him but just like we can't let go of Burak [Yilmaz] we also have to keep hold of Sneijder.
The Netherlands international, owner of 93 caps, always had an admirer in former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, but wage demands and his club at the time, Inter Milan, blocked the move to Old Trafford.
Now it appears Moyes also tried to bring the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan playmaker to the Premier League, but his approach was knocked back at the first attempt.
Sneijder is one of a quartet of creative midfielders United tried and failed to sign this summer. The others include Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera.
The four players named above (including Sneijder) are different from Fellaini; they pick holes in defences that other players cannot see. Another schemer, Luka Modric, was also credited with interest from United by the Daily Mirror's Matt Law, but no such player arrived.
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira was another to be approached by the English champions according to Nik Simon of the Daily Mail, although it is likely he was only seen as the alternative to the Fellaini deal.
Others to fall by the wayside included Leighton Baines and Fabio Coentrao, leaving an air of panic around United after a start to the season that has yielded four points from a possible nine.
Sneijder would have brought genuine top-level experience to Moyes' squad, having won league titles in Holland, Spain, Italy and Turkey. If the United boss retains an interest, he will now have to wait until January to try again.