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Manchester United Transfer News: Wesley Sneijder Opens Door to Louis van Gaal

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 17:  Manager of Netherlands Louis van Gaal and Wesley Sneijder get ready to speak to the media at the Netherlands Press Conference at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at the Estadio Beira-Rio on June 17, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

Manchester United and Wesley Sneijder have endured an almost laughable bond through many transfer windows without the Dutchman ever joining the club.

As Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal prepares to take over at Old Trafford after the World Cup, his No.10 has admitted that nobody from the Oranje side can simply turn down an offer to join the revered manager, reported by ESPN:

[Van Gaal] trains his players very hard and always expects the highest standards. I am happy at Galatasaray. I have established myself at the club and have settled in. However, if van Gaal were to make me an offer I would have to at least consider it. Nobody from the Netherlands can simply reject van Gaal.

Prepare yourselves United fans, it's time to consider a move for the 30-year-old midfielder once more.

The Red Devils' decision to announce van Gaal's imminent arrival before the World Cup ended speculation over the identity of the new boss, but it's also resulted in the club being linked with many members of the Dutch World Cup squad.

Sneijder's comments indicate he could finally line up in the English side's midfield, having never managed to secure a move to England. Rumours have continuously appeared since he reportedly turned down a transfer in 2010, almost to the point where his name is met with a smirk and a chuckle from most supporters.

The ongoing situation is perhaps best summed up by Paul Gunning of Sabotage Times:

United desperately need midfield reinforcements—they have since before Sir Alex Ferguson retired—suggesting Sneijder could offer a short-term solution. Van Gaal must track down a destroyer for the middle of the park—with Kevin Strootman inevitably linked, per John Richardson of the Daily Express—but an ageing Sneijder would be more than welcome.

Alongside the duo of aforementioned Dutch stars, United are also said to be chasing Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi, reported by Elko Born of the Daily Mirror.

Let's not forget Arjen Robben has also been touted for a move, per Rob Shepherd of the Daily Mail, while Stefan de Vrij, Daley Blind and Daryl Janmaat are considered by talkSPORT. That's nearly the entire team that started the Netherlands' World Cup opener against Spain.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 17:  Arjen Robben in action during the Netherlands training session at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at the Estadio Beira-Rio on June 17, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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As such, and considering the history of the rumour, Sneijder's kind words about van Gaal shouldn't be taken as a verbal agreement that he'll be lining up in United's famous red next season. There's no doubt his quality would improve a stuttering squad, but van Gaal has other priorities to address—most notably, United's defence—before adding another creative type.

Still, transfer season wouldn't be upon us without Sneijder's name infiltrating its way into the consciousness of a fanbase who are fully prepared to miss out on the world-class player yet again.

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