Reports in the press are suggesting that Manchester United manager David Moyes will seek to plug the ‘creative’ hole in his midfield by trying to sign Galatasaray’s Dutch player Wesley Sneijder during in the January transfer window. United’s inconsistent form to date has highlighted the huge gap left by Paul Scholes, and despite trying a combination of players alongside Michael Carrick in the Reds’ engine room, none has come near to offering the solution.
Sneijder has been linked with a United approach a number of times over recent years, but each time the deal failed to materialise. If however, Moyes has now decided that Sneijder is the man required, this January could see a concerted effort to land the Dutch master.
The Express is reporting that United may be prepared to put wingers Nani and Valencia into any deal to persuade the Istanbul club to talk turkey about a deal. Whilst both players, now in their late twenties, still retain a value to United, the calculation may be being made that solving the midfield problem is a more pressing issue, and with young Januzaj beginning to look the hottest of prospects in a wide position, it may be time for a deal.
Persuading Sneijder to leave Galatasaray however may not be a straightforward as it might seem. He recently declared that "I'm going nowhere, you’re going to keep seeing me in a red and yellow shirt." Whether that resolve stands firm if the chance to play at United materialises may be a different matter entirely.