Manchester United and Wesley Sneijder: 5 Reasons His Signing Betters the Club
Neymar, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez seemingly have dominated headlines since the transfer window opened, but the Sneijder rumors picked up quickly.
Although Sir Alex Ferguson publicly denied reports of a bid for the Dutch star, updates on transfer fee agreements and contract negotiations have swarmed the public.
Whether the Inter Milan playmaker joins United or not, he will undoubtedly impact the club in a multitude of ways.
Here are five reasons why his signing provides a formidable improvement for the defending Premier League Champions.
The Next Best Thing to Paul Scholes
With Paul Scholes' retirement, United's midfield would probably limp considerably next season without a proper replacement.
Since Scholes is widely considered one of the best midfielders in football today, finding that second coming is ridiculously far-fetched.
But in Wesley Sneijder, Sir Alex Ferguson gets an equally capable presence in the middle serving as field general and commanding the attack.
His great holding abilities and tactical awareness is what the club needs if it is to repeat as Premier League Champions and once again challenge for Europe's most prestigious cup competition, the Champions League.
The Inter Milan man has long to go before claiming a similar status as Scholes. Sneijder is nine years younger than the United legend, so there is considerable time on his side if he is to make it so.
Losing Scholes is bad. Gaining Sneijder at least dissolves a fair portion of that.
Natural Support from the Central-Midfield
Just like Scholes provided great support from the middle of the field, in addition to service from virtually anywhere on the field, Sneijder reps those same abilities.
The Dutchman has demonstrated his aptitude of creating goals not just for himself, but also his forward teammates. With the talent lined up at Old Trafford oozing as usual, Sneijder would make an immediate favorable impact for the United attack.
With Sneijder occupying a more attacking midfielder's role at Inter Milan, his positioning under Sir Alex should be heavily scrutinized should he sign for the club.
Sneijder rushing in the open field with Hernandez and Rooney to his left and right seems incredibly dangerous right now.
Scoring goals is the ultimate way to win matches, and United is one of the best clubs in the world at doing so.
A flurry of great strikers enables such success, but only with established midfielders feeding chances into the attacking third.
Scholes was a focal point of the club's success virtually during his career-long tenure under Sir Alex.
With Scholes' retirement in the past, the search for a new provider from the middle brought United to Sneijder. Since leaving the Dutch Eredivisie, Sneijder has had to do more than score, which was exactly his style Ajax.
In the last four seasons, Sneijder has averaged close to five assists per year. He has developed an ability to create goals for himself as well as others. And at a club like United, there will always be other players to feed off Sneijder's creation.
Although Sneijder's goal creation has transformed his career into something much more extravagant than what he dealt with at Ajax, what makes the Dutchman even more valuable is his goal scoring ability.
As a dual-threat, opposing teams may have to put more attention on Sneijder, which opens up holes for exploitation by a deadly trio with Rooney and Hernandez.
Sneijder has recorded 19 goals over the last four seasons, hardly numbers that will generate too much excitement, but his scoring potential from outside the box is enough to worry the opposition, not to mention his precision on set pieces.
Versatility in almost every facet in the game would make Sneijder an impact player from the get-go.
Possible Legend in the Making
Sneijder doesn't have the trophy case that screams must-have, but his recent run of good form for club and country has made him one of the more high-profile footballers in the world.
Snatching arguably one of the best players in the Serie A and bringing him to a legendary club that just claimed the Premier League crown looks to benefit both parties.
The timing could hardly be better either, with Scholes' announcing his leave from the sport.
As a member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup All-Star Squad, the 27-year-old Sneijder has many years ahead of him as he continues to succeed with every club for which he has signed.
Sneijder would bring a sparkling resumé and an incredible load of talent to Old Trafford, but serving to fill Scholes' shoes as the next great United midfielder is not a reach by any stretch of the imagination.