In other news - Fergie denies interest in Sneijder
History would show you shouldn't believe anything Fergie says regards transfers. If interested, Fergie hardly going to go public and encourage a bidding war. Equally on the tour he'll have a load of media obligations, and won't want them bringing it up at every one if we were interested. Better to put it to bed early.
Btw Italian press saying no offer been made, UK press saying both teams wan't deal done, Sneijder's demands have come down from 250k to 190k and as such personal terms no longer such a worry and Inter/Moratti the only obstacle.
Inter's finances would back up the idea of them being supposedly willing sellers.
2008/2009 -€154 million
2007/2008 -€148 million
2006/2007 -€208 million
2008/2009 wage/turnover ratio 104% (turnover €196.5m / wages and salaries €205.1m)http://swissramble.b...rs-success.html
Damn good player if so, but unsure how Fergie would be looking to line up with Sneijder, Rooney and Hernandez in the same team. Sneijder at Inter played 4231(Mourinho)/4312(Leonardo), playing off the forward(s) and with pivots behind. Can dictate and good passing range but not sure if getting the best of him if trying to convert him to deep lying Scholes role of recent years and play in a midfield two. Likes the defensive protection of two mids to allow him to advance and do damage in the final 3rd. Options though I guess, and would be great in a 433 for games where Hernandez might not be the most suitable option. Be damn good to have a deadball specialist at the club aswell. Sneijder and Young should be a big step up in that regard.
I'm still slightly sceptical though whether the interest is real or a decoy though. Big fee, big wages, checkered injury history, more an AM than CM. Limited resale value at his age but not sure that's really a huge concern. Only just turned 27 so you could get 5-6 good years out of him, and Fergie likes intervals age wise in each bank. 30/27/24/21 etc.
Be interesting whether thats that if we do buy the AM/playmaker type we've been linked to (Sneijder, Modric, Nasri etc) or whether Fergie looking for a another more defensively minded midfielder (M'Vila/Martinez?). 3 out in Scholes, Hargreaves and Gibson and someone on Redcafe gave me concerns about Fletcher's mystery virus. When discussing him missing the tour, someone questioned whether he could've got ME, and a guy with about 9000 posts on there, said he suffered from ME himself and it wasn't that, but that he had heard from someone he trusted that he had some other illness as opposed to a virus, which United are hoping is manageable but could curtail his career. Wouldn't elaborate in public, though sent a couple PMs to some of the regulars before regretting saying something when everyone started asking.
Might be rubbish but if so, not much cover if Carrick gets injured. Jones played a holding role at Blackburn a fair bit, but sale of O'shea and Brown doesn't give us huge numbers in defence considering twins often pick up knocks & Rio's back problems, and I think Fergie would want to develop him at centre back more. Giggs, Anderson, Cleverley not really too defensively minded. Tunnicliffe gone on loan and Pogba, though lazy comparisons to Vieira as he's big, black and French, isn't really a DM imo; positioning is probably his main weakness at the moment.
Depends on how much is left in the kitty and who is available I guess. If buying from abroad, some players won't want to move with the Euros on next year.
Quick! To the Ronaldo funds!!!