The Premier League champions’ deadline day took many twists and turns.
It’s beginning to emerge that Manchester United’s transfer dealings were somewhat chaotic, as Galatasaray claim the club tried to sign Wesley Sneijder.
United spent the summer failing to land many targets, which included Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas, Leighton Baines and Ander Herrera.
Now it seems that Sneijder was also on the wish list for new manager David Moyes – who is beginning to be undermined as a force in the transfer market.
“Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted,” Gala’s sporting director Bulunt Tulun was quoted in the Metro.
“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.”
The Red Devils eventually secured Everton’s Marouane Fellaini at the 11th hour in a £27.5m bid, but there is a strong feeling the Belgian was a last resort.
This is partly because there was a highly publicised release clause in the midfielder’s contract that allowed the 25-year-old to leave Goodison Park for £23.5m before July 31.
Therefore if United and Moyes saw Fellaini as the answer to their problems the club would have activated that buy-out cost; as supposed to waiting until the last minute on September 2 and paying £4m more.
Sneijder has previously been a target for the Premier League champions, most notably back in 2010 when the Dutchman was named in the World Cup Team of the Tournament as the attacking midfielder helped guide the Netherlands to the final of the competition.
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