Galatasaray reveal Man Utd approach for Sneijder
Wednesday 04 September 2013
Bulent Tulun, sporting director of Turkish champions Galatasaray, has revealed that Manchester United made an ‘indirect offer’ for midfielder Wesley Sneijder two weeks before the transfer deadline, Sky Sports has reported.
Manchester United endured a frustrating transfer window as David Moyes struggled to make any notable signings. The arrival of Marouane Fellaini from Everton late on deadline day represented the only significant addition to the squad left by Sir Alex Ferguson when he retired in May.
The £27.5m deal for Fellaini came after reported bids for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, and Athletic Bilbao playmaker Ander Herrera, failed. The Belgian spent five years at Everton.
Sneijder joined Galatasaray in January after being frozen out by Inter. During his time in Turkey, the Dutchman has scored five goals in 20 appearances in all competitions. While at Inter, he was regularly linked with a move to the Premier League.
After receiving Man Utd’s approach, Galatasaray were unwilling to negotiate a deal, as they hoped to retain their key players. Sporting director Tulun explained:"Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted.
"There are several clubs that want him but just like we can't let go of Burak (Yilmaz), we also have to keep hold of Sneijder."
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