Transfer Deadline Day Recap: Galatasaray confirm United interest in Wesley Sneijder

May 25, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; A Manchester United fan (red) cheers with Chelsea fans before the first half against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium. Manchester City won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Manchester United’s final hour attempt at a massive shopping spree has been well reported in the aftermath of Monday’s Transfer Deadline Day, and another player can be added to the list of star players that the Old Trafford club attempted to lure on Monday.

Manchester United failed in a bid to sign Wesley Sneijder in the final weeks of the transfer window, according to Sneijder’s Turkish club Galatasaray. ESPN FC reports.

“Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted,” Bulunt Tulun told Milliyet. “There are several clubs that want him but just like we can’t let go of [striker] Burak [Yilmaz] we also have to keep hold of Sneijder.”

The English champions had also tried to bring in Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Daniele De Rossi over recent weeks, and Galatasaray sporting co-ordinator Tulun has now claimed they also wanted Sneijder, who only joined the Turkish club in January further adding to the laundry list of players United attempted (and failed) to add to their warchest.

United endured a difficult summer in the transfer market, signing Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, but seeing a move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera collapse as well as missing out on Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.

Sneijder, 29, was a United target when he was at Inter Milan and Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at Old Trafford. With David Moyes in charge it appears that United’s interest in Sneijder remained unchanged.

The Netherlands international was the top scorer in the 2010 World Cup and helped Inter win the treble of the Champions League, the Coppa Italia and Serie A in the same year before being sold to the Turkish club who also added Chelsea star striker Didier Drogba last winter. Sneijder was also linked to a move to the Blues this summer, but like the United bid, that topic was quickly rebuffed as the Turkish club hopes that the Dutch midfielder can lift them to success in the Champions League.

Topics: EPL, Manchester United, Transfer Deadline Day, Wesley Sneijder

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