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Wesley Sneijder: What Role Would He Have Had for Manchester United?

ROME, ITALY - MAY 29:  Wesley Sneijder of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates after the goal scored by Samuel Eto'o during the Tim Cup final between FC Internazionale Milano and US Citta di Palermo at Olimpico Stadium on May 29, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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HJ MaiCorrespondent IIAugust 17, 2011

The new Premier League season is not even two weeks old, and the defending champions were already thinking about a blockbuster trade.

Manchester United was heavily interested in acquiring Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson sees the need for a top-quality playmaker a la Sneijder in order to keep up with the best teams in Europe. The Champions League final loss to FC Barcelona made it clear that the Red Devils need a creative midfielder with striker qualities.

During Manchester United’s US tour, Ferguson reportedly admitted interest and ongoing negotiations were attempting to reach a deal that would send Sneijder to Old Trafford.             

This was in July and no agreements have been reached. The team started the new season without Sneijder and seems to have lost its interest.

The club has released no official statement, but the Sneijder topic seems off the table.

Inter Milan President Massimo Morrati claims his playmaker won’t go anywhere.

“We’ve never been involved in any deals over Wes,” he said.

Manchester United has until August 31 to miraculously reach an agreement before the transfer window closes.

There is no doubt about it; United needs a creative playmaker who is able to feed players like Wayne Rooney.

Sneijder could have been the missing piece to reclaim Europe's soccer crown, but if the Dutchman stays unavailable the team has to look somewhere else.

British newspapers report that United has also reached out to German wunderkind Mario Goetze, who plays for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga.

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