It’s understood that Premier League champions, Manchester United, have declared themselves out of the fight to sign Inter playmaker, Wesley Sneijder, after reports claimed the club has grown tired of the drawn out saga.
The Red Devils hit an obstacle in meeting the Dutchman’s massive £200,000+-a-week wages, on top of his £35m valuation by the Italian giants.
The 27 year-old was thought to be keen on a move away from Inter, who are experiencing serious financial woes and could soon see Sneijder’s club companion, Samuel Eto’o, moving to Manchester City in exchange for Carlos Tevez.
The Daily Mail reported that the Red Devils had given up on the World Cup finalist, but if a move were to materialise later this month, then the playmaker would have to drop his wage demands, with United then holding the power in the deal.
Sneider’s age is another factor going against him, as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to shape a dynasty at the club, signing youngsters such as David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones, following a string of retirements of senior club members.
Ferguson can take comfort in the emergence of 22 year-old Tom Cleverley, who impressed greatly in Sunday’s Community Shield, leading some to ask whether United need to purchase a Paul Scholes replacement at all.