Manchester United are all set to complete the £35m signing of Sneijder this week according to a source close to the player.
The Red Devils will not only pay the massive transfer fee for the Dutchman, but offer him wages above those of Wayne Rooney. The England striker negotiated a new contract of £220,000 per week last summer.
Should this prove to be the case, it would show how highly Sir Alex Ferguson rates Sneijder. It would also take his summer spending to more than £85m.
This would indicate Ferguson’s intent to challenge on all fronts again next season. He knows that United’s rivals, both domestically and in Europe, will be improving so he is building a stronger squad himself.
With the retirement of Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar at the end of the season, the United boss knew he had to do some rebuilding work and he has certainly been busy in the transfer market.
The Premier League Champions have already purchased Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea. Now it seems as if Sneijder is next on the list.
The source who revealed the deal is close said: “It all looks imminent, no matter what Inter or Wesley may say in public.
“He has even spoken to Dutch international team-mate Nigel de Jong to find out where are the best places to live in Manchester. It’s a good move for him and good business for Inter.”
There is no doubt that the Inter man will add quality to the United midfield and possibly fill the void left by Scholes. Many expect him to suit Premier League football too – as many Dutch players do – so it is an exciting move all round.
As for United’s spending this summer, it can easily be put in perspective. Should Sneijder join for £35m it will mean they have spent £85m. This is just £5m more than they received for Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009.
Ferguson knows what he is doing and we will keep you posted on his latest signing.