Manchester United Transfers: 5 Reasons to Sign and Not to Sign Wesley Sneijder

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 12, 2011

Manchester United Transfers: 5 Reasons to Sign and Not to Sign Wesley Sneijder

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    Wanted by then Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini but deemed surplus to requirements by owner Florentino Pérez, Wesley Sneijder became the focal point of Inter Milan’s treble winning season.

    Sneijder’s performances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup reinforced the growing belief that he would be crowned the first-ever male FIFA Ballon d'Or winner—but shockingly he wasn’t.

    If you read the transfer rumours, Sneijder is set to sign for Manchester United.

    Here are five reasons to sign and not to sign him. Three reasons will be for signing him, and two reasons will be for not signing him.

    One of the reasons not to sign him stems from Inter Milan’s behaviour, as something seems awfully strange, but read to find out. 

Sign Him: Manchester United Midfield Devoid of Creativity

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    When Sir Alex Ferguson signed Anderson from Porto for €30 million in 2007, perhaps Anderson was being groomed as Paul Scholes' heir apparent. 

    However, 129 games later, it is clear that while Anderson is a better defender than Scholes, his passing is nowhere near the standard of Scholes. 

    There won't be a like for like replacement for Scholes anytime soon. But with Manchester United's midfield devoid of creativity, lacking vision, and unable to orchestrate and control the field like Scholes—Wesley Sneijder must be signed.

    If given space, Sneijder can hurt teams from long range. If his teammates aren't marked tightly, Sneijder will find them with a consummate through-ball.        

Sign Him: Sir Alex Ferguson Has Stated Samir Nasri Is out of the Picture

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    CNN International reported manager Sir Alex Ferguson stating, "I don't think he's [Samir Nasri] coming to United [...] I think he's agreed to go somewhere else. Maybe he has to stay at Arsenal, also. That's a possibility."

    Ferguson also revealed Arsenal had turned down a £20 million bid for Nasri, whose contract ends next year. 

    We know that Ferguson is looking for a creative midfielder and with Nasri out, surely Wesley Sneijder is the next best option.  

Sign Him: Manchester United Need Proven Quality Right Now

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    Sure, there are younger, potentially cheaper creative midfielders that Manchester United can poach from South American clubs like Santos' Ganso, São Paulo's Lucas and River Plate's Manuel Lanzini.

    With Manchester City being financed by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, they have dynastic aspirations.

    Outside of the country and there is Barcelona, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan But can Manchester United afford to give the midfield to an unproven South American youngster who is outside his comfort zone, perhaps can't even speak English and adapting to a new culture?

    No, this isn't Arsenal. This is Manchester United, and they need proven quality right now.

    Wesley Sneijder is proven quality. 

Don’t Sign Him: Are Inter Milan Selling Manchester United Short?

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    Last October, Wesley Sneijder signed a contract extension to remain at Inter Milan until 2015.

    A month later, he collapsed in the dressing room during halftime in a game against Brescia

    He told De Telegraaf, "I started to shake and felt pain in my entire body [...] In the changing room I got sick and passed out briefly."

    The official diagnosis was anaemia, however, no further explanation was offered by Sneijder or Inter Milan. 

    I'm going to speculate and assume it was iron deficiency anaemia, which isn't so serious. 

    Question is: How did Inter Milan, who have nutritionists and doctors, allow Sneijder, their star midfielder, to supposedly not have enough iron intake and let him play football, leading to his collapse? 

    Sure Sneijder didn't have a good first half of the season, but we know, he was affected by anaemia. He did bounce back and have a good second half of the season.

    If it was iron deficiency anaemia, it's really nothing too serious. So why are there so much transfer speculation leading to Sneijder's departure? Why have they signed Argentinian attacking midfielder Ricardo Álvarez for €11.75 million from Vélez Sársfield?

    Maybe Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti wants to make more money, having already recorded profits of €81.6 million from just transfers. Perhaps he is quietly confident of the abilities of Álvarez and Philippe Coutinho.

    I hate to be a cynic, but something doesn't seem right. 

    Maybe Sneijder has an existing health issue, which may become a liability in the future for Inter Milan, hence the reason Inter Milan wants to sell him. 

    If so, Manchester United shouldn't sign Sneijder, because if, God forbid, something serious happens to him when he's playing for Manchester United, and they said he "passed" his medical, then Manchester United will not only face legal trouble but also ethical scrutiny.    

Don’t Sign Him: Wesley Sneijder Doesn't Want to Leave

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    In the past, Wesley Sneijder has toyed around with the idea of playing in the English Premier League, believing it would be beneficial for him to have played in three big leagues—La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League.  

    But in July, Sneijder told the Italian issue of Vanity Fair, "I would like to remain, I have marvellous team-mates. My wife Yolanthe and I love Inter, the Italian fans and Italy."

    Also according to, Inter Milan manager Gian Piero Gasperini believes Sneijder will stay, pointing to his work ethic that is not consistent with someone who is about to sign a big deal with a big club.   

    If Sneijder wants to stay in Milan, wouldn't it be pointless for Manchester United to sign him if he doesn't want to move?


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