"I'm going nowhere. You're going to keep seeing me in a red and yellow shirt." Those words were reported by The Express to have come from Wesley Sneijder, yet the rumour that he is going to Manchester United is equally immovable.
David Moyes failed to sign Sneijder in the summer, and Sir Alex Ferguson failed to land him while he was at Inter Milan. We can assume that the Dutch midfielder does not want to go to Old Trafford, but nor should Moyes seek to bring him there.
At 29, Sneijder is not a long-term solution to Moyes' midfield problem, and he would also be trading solely off past glories. That didn't stop Ben Jefferson at The Express stating that United are ready to offer Galatasary Nani and Antonio Valencia in exchange for his services.
There are many things wrong with the scenario that would bring Sneijder to United, but the deal itself is the most worrying of all. If a swap was there to be made, surely Ashley Young is more likely to be on his way out? Failing that, Wilfried Zaha has been noticeably absent from Moyes' plans since his £15 million arrival from Crystal Palace.
It just makes no sense for Moyes to go chasing players like Sneijder who are on the downturn of their careers when he should be building his own identity as United manager.
He's shown willingness to bring in young players by providing Adnan Januzaj with his opportunity, so it's counterproductive to then set back his side's development by bringing in a player he will need to replace in two years or sooner.
A transfer windw will never be completed without linking Sneijder to Manchester United.-— Toronto Tattoo (@Torontotattoo9) December 7, 2013
Speaking of Chelsea, if Sneijder were to look for a move to England, surely his old manager at Inter Milan would be the preferred destination? Of course, this has been rumoured and denied before, but remains a more plausible scenario than the one set out at Old Trafford.
If Moyes is to make some midfield moves in the window, Atletico Madrid's Koke would be a much better solution. He is young, available for a good price, immensely talented and in great form on a team competing with the world's best.
These are the sorts of players Moyes should be seeking out and bringing to Manchester. Aimless retreads of the past should not be entertained, which is why the Sneijder rumour is going absolutely nowhere.