Wesley Sneijder Will Reportedly Take Pay Cut to Secure Manchester United Switch

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 02:  Wesley Sneijder of Galatasaray AS during UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and Galatasaray AS at Juventus Arena on October 2, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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January's looming transfer window can only mean one thing: It's time for Wesley Sneijder to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

While it's always acceptable to pour scorn on a rumour that appears to surface every time the market opens, Galatasaray's star midfielder is reportedly willing to take a huge pay cut in order to link up with David Moyes, per Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required) via Chris Richards of the Mirror:

Wesley Sneijder is reportedly prepared to take a £1 million a year pay cut to join Manchester United. The Dutch midfielder is hoping to make a £10 million switch to Old Trafford from Turkish club Galatasaray in January.

Richards' report also suggests the 29-year-old is said to be "frustrated" at the Turk Telekom Arena and "worried" about his place in the Netherlands squad for next summer's World Cup.

Sneijder's link to United never ceases to go away and will serve as an example of major frustration for many fans. The former Inter Milan star claimed the San Siro club prevented him from joining the Premier League champions in 2010, per Sky Sports, but a rumoured transfer has filled gossip columns ever since.

He is a constant reminder of United's inability to land world-class targets in recent years. Fans have been left baffled as talents such as Ronaldinho and Eden Hazard passed Sir Alex Ferguson by and, at the onset of Moyes' tenure, have been forced to witness the same failings from the new boss.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  David Moyes manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on December 15, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/
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Moyes missed out on the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera and Sami Khedira during the summer—as reported by David McDonnell of the Mirror—but has confirmed he has money to spend in the new year, per Nick Coppack on United's official website.

Reports at the beginning of December suggested Moyes would offer Nani and Antonio Valencia for Sneijder's services, per Ben Jefferson of the Express.

This seems highly unlikely after Nani recently signed a new five-year contract—confirmed by BBC Sport—and also considering how Valencia's return to form has played a positive part in United's recent wins.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 11:  Wesley Sneijder of Holland during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifing match between Holland and Hungary at Amsterdam Arena on October 11, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Sneijder has been excellent this season. He has scored six goals across 15 games in the Super Lig and Champions League, including the winner that sent Gala through to the European competition's round of 16 at the expense of Juventus, per WhoScored.

His range of passing, calmness in possession and creativity is something United could definitely use, but as he heads toward 30, signing the former Real Madrid player is only a short-term solution to a midfield problem that has plagued the English club across recent years.

While still an attractive prospect, Old Trafford followers should remain skeptical until Moyes' transfer targets are revealed by the man himself.

The Sneijder link has crumbled numerous times before, and with the manager's summer failure in mind, it could be destined to do so again.