Since Cesc Fabregas has officially transferred to Barcelona, Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United has officially become the most annoying transfer saga of the summer.
The constant flirting between Sneijder and Manchester United this summer was elevated, and largely blown out of proportion by the media.
With Samuel Eto'o on his way to Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala, losing Sneijder in the same window would be a significant hit for the Serie A side.
Even when United's own manager asserts that a deal is not likely to happen, the media still want to garner cheap reads and sell pseudo-stories.
Although talks have taken place between player and club, the talks have remained nothing more than inquires. Unofficial talks.
Unofficial talks could be as loosely defined as talking with Gary Neville about Manchester United, or talking with one of United's many scouts. These are the same unofficial talks that Malaga and Manchester City have had with Sneijder, and should be regarded as unofficial talks and nothing more.
The truth is, unofficial talks are nothing more than drivel hyped up by media and fans.
Rumors of Snejider to United really took off this summer, although the possibility has lasted for a couple of seasons now.
The retiring of United's midfield heartbeat Paul Scholes, and some unimaginative and uninspiring performances from United's other center midfielders, saw Sneijder emerge as the most likely replacement.
Sure, Sneijder would be a great fit at United. And the thought of him notching free kicks in the top corner and setting up assists for Wayne Rooney and Co. is a very tantalizing thought.
However, media and fans alike have wasted a whole summer concentrating on Wesley Sneijder and undermining the manager, whilst forgetting the real boom of talent currently coming through the ranks at Old Trafford, as well as not giving credit to the promising partnership between Anderson and Tom Cleverly.
The chances of Sneijder coming to United are slim to none at best. At £35 million in transfer fees, along with picking up his reported £200,000 a week in wages, Sneijder does not seem like a necessary addition to United's current squad.
While Sir Alex has made his intentions clear regarding the Sneijder situation, he has changed his mind before—a fact that continues to drive outlets to pump out the same story day in and day out.
However, the Gaffer has made his intentions crystal clear, and has been pessimistic about the possibility since July.
The conflicting reports from media and new exclusives by irrelevant sources continue to be plastered front and center.
Sir Alex has made it explicitly clear that a deal is unlikely. He has stated he is happy with the current players at his disposal, and he should be.
The current players at United are strong enough to compete on all fronts.