Wesley Sneijder Won't Work at Manchester United, Ask Alberto Aquilani

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IJuly 14, 2011

Sneijder could be gone within the week
Sneijder could be gone within the weekPaolo Bruno/Getty Images

The transfer window always allows for some audacious rumours to develop into possible moves.

One such rumour which has established itself as a headline in the last few weeks is the possibility of Wesley Sneijder leaving Inter Milan to sign for Premier League front-runners Manchester United.

The deal is believed to be somewhere in the region of €40 million, and United look set to complete the signing in the next week. Although if we take a step back and take a look at previous Serie A to Premier League movers, we would realise that they aren't all they are hyped up to be.

This isn't a cheap shot—Premier League is better than the Serie A—but rather an observation that the game played in Italy is very different from the game played in England.

Many players find it hard to settle at new clubs, not only because of the language barrier but also because of a change in tempo seen most evidently in the transition between Italy and England.

Players have bravely made the move prior to Sneijder's possible move, and here is how they turned out:

Alberto Aquilani - Signed from Roma to Liverpool. Suffered a terrible injury and played a very little part in Liverpool's Premier League campaign.

Was loaned out to Juventus the next year. Proved to be instrumental in a poor Juventus side.

Giuseppe Rossi - Moved from Parma to United. Made little impact on the field before being sold to Villarreal where he established himself as one of the great strikers in Spain

Federico Macheda - Signed from Lazio as a youngster to Manchester United. Was loaned out to Sampdoria within a few years of his transfer

Whether Sneijder will be able to make an impact on the EPL will be down to how he performs.

With United signing a whole host of players, one would wonder where he would fit in, especially with such a packed midfield. Regardless there is no questioning his talent.