Manchester United now believe that Wesley Sneijder will not join the club this summer and the Red Devils have brought their pursuit of the Dutchman to an end because of his excessive wage demands and Inter’s high asking price, The Guardian has revealed.
Chief executive David Gill has given his approval for it to be known that United will are not actively chasing the Inter star anymore, but their stance may change should the Nerazzurri reduce their asking price Sneijder and the playmaker lower his wage demands, which United find unlikely at this point in time.
United had been tracking the World Cup runner-up all summer as Sir Alex Ferguson saw him as a replacement for the recently retired Paul Scholes and Gill admitted that there had been contact between the two clubs but insisted that they did not progress very far. Gill maintained that although bringing Sneijder to Old Trafford this summer looks unlikely, things could change between now and the end of the transfer window.
He said: “The important point is that you never know. I’ve been around in football long enough to know things change quickly.”
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Nani wants Utd stay.
Manchester United winger Nani has told Manchester Evening News that he is happy at Old Trafford and will not be leaving the club any time soon.
The Portuguese star has been linked with moves to Inter, Juventus and Real Madrid this summer but the 24-year-old insists that he will not follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo and leave the club.
He said: “I am very well at United. I think it’s the best club in the world and want to stay there and work well. It’s good to know that big clubs are interested in me but, right now, I’m very satisfied with my club and I want to continue with them. I always give my best and I want to stay that way until the end of the season.”
Michael Carrick is confident that Manchester United will win their 20th Premier League title this season and the midfielder admitted that he is “desperate” to get his hands on the Champions League trophy, Manchester Evening News reports.
With United and league rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all going through major changes during the summer, the English international is expecting an exciting and difficult season for the Red Devils but he is sure the Premier League title will remain in the Old Trafford trophy room for at least another season.
He said: “There seems more change than normal throughout the top teams. We’ve had a turnaround of players, Arsenal don’t know how they’re going to go this season, Liverpool seem to have strengthened and obviously City, too. It’s how teams bed in I suppose. It’s going to interesting, but we still believe we are going to be good in the end.”
Carrick continued: “I think you start off with the Premier League as your main target because it’s always special to say you are the best in your country. On the back of successful years we want to keep building on that, but the Champions League is something special, and after the disappointment of the last two finals I’m desperate to get my hands on that trophy again.”