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Wesley Sneijder to Man Utd - the latest on the £35m transfer saga

Crunch Sports Staff in Soccer 31 August 2011
Wesley Sneijder (credit: Wikipedia)

The transfer window closes at 23:00 BST and one of the biggest transfer stories of the summer is yet to be resolved, with Manchester United fans still waiting to find out if Wesley Sneijder will join them from Inter Milan.

27-year-old Sneijder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer and although United insist a £35million move will not be happening today, many are refusing to rule out a last-minute deal for the Netherlands international.

Sneijder's on-off move to Manchester has been the big story that fans on our Facebook page have been talking about, and here's a full rundown of recent events and what we know ahead of tonight's transfer deadline.



- Last week it was reported by the Manchester Evening News that Inter were wanting a deal for Sneijder done before the new Serie A season got underway following reports that the Dutchman had lowered his £200,000-a-week wage demands.

- That came after a Sunday newspaper and Goal.com both reported that United's sponsors, Nike, were ready to step in and try to help the Premier League champions work out a deal for Sneijder, who is also sponsored by the sportswear giants.

- Then on Tuesday, despite United claiming a deal would not be happening, first-team coach Rene Meulensteen opened the door to a deadline-day move by telling Voetbal International: "Sir Alex Ferguson has tremendous confidence in our current squad, but a player the calibre of Wesley Sneijder could well suit us.

"Where there is a will, there’s always a way.

"As club and player really want it, there is always something possible.

"I do not see why an older player like Sneijder would not fit into our team."

- Meulensteen's comments came at around the same time the Daily Star reported that talks between United and Sneijder's representatives had taken place in recent days and that the playmaker had agreed a deal worth around £190,000-a-week.

- But then came three different sets of quotes from Sneijder himself. He told reporters on Tuesday: "At this point I don't think I will move.

"But, on the other hand, my move to Real Madrid was solved within eight hours.

"Things can move fast."

Then, in an interview with Goal.com, the former Real Madrid playmaker said of continued speculation that he will become a Manchester United player: "I distance myself from these stories. If anything happens, it happens. We will see."

And he was also quoted as saying: "I’m staying at Inter. I don’t think I’ll leave at this moment of the market.

"Manchester United? Anything is possible in football, but I don’t think this time something will happen."

Will Sneijder become a United player today? We think it's probably unlikely. However, despite what United have had to say, anything can happen on transfer deadline day, and this one shouldn't be completely ruled out until the deadline passes tonight!

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Wesley Sneijder to Man Utd - the latest on the £35m transfer saga

The transfer window closes at 23:00 BST and one of the biggest transfer stories of the summer is yet to be resolved, with Man Utd fans still waiting to find out if Wesley Sneijder will join them from Inter Milan.

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