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Sneijder’s Man Utd switch begins to look more likely

| 24.05.2011

Manchester United’s chances of signing Wesley Sneijder have been handed a boost by Leonardo’s comments stating that none of the Inter Milan squad are indispensible to the club.

Sneijder has been earmarked as a possible long-term successor to Paul Scholes at the Red Devils and rumours have been rife for a few weeks that Manchester United are considering a bid for the Dutch playmaker.

It is believed that Sir Alex Ferguson was seriously interested in clinching a deal last summer, but Sneijder’s performances in helping both Inter to the treble and Holland to the World Cup final saw his price tag rocket.

However, Inter were not quite so dominant this season and Manchester United may be tempted to test their resolve with an offer of around £30m, although the Italians may value their star player closer to £40m.

Inter also have the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Maicon and Esteban Cambiasso in their ranks, but boss Leonardo has hinted that he would not prevent any of them leaving the club if the price and timing was right.

He told Italian daily newspaper La Stampa: “At the moment no one is non-transferable.

“Inter are a team full of players who have won everything in the game. Now we must see who among those want to stay and help us win more.”

Manchester United are 13/8 in the Premier League odds to successfully defend their title next season and it is largely assumed that they will bring in at least three players over the summer to help with this quest.

A creative midfielder is certainly one area that could do with strengthening, while a goalkeeper has to be found to replace the retiring Edwin Van der Sar.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.