Wesley Sneijder ready to take a pay cut to join Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson waged a 10-month pursuit of Sneijder while he was Europe's dominant midfielder at Inter Milan. Now at Roberto Mancini's Galatasaray, Sneijder is keen to realise his dream of a crack at the Premier League alongside his Holland teammate Robin Van Persie.
Currently on around £6million a year with bonuses, he may drop around £1m in wages to make a move to United happen.
Chelsea flirted with the idea in the summer and Galatasaray would sell for £8million. United manager David Moyes will be wary of Sneijder's age, at 29, but may have few better options in January.
United are eager to find the creative midfielder they crave but are frustrated with the approach of some clubs and agents who have used them as stalking horses to hike up fees or trigger contract re-negotiations.
Cruzeiro's Everton Ribeiro is one they have considered and he would cost £10m but they have reservations about whether he is the calibre required. Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan is wanted at Real Madrid while other clubs remain reluctant to sell in January.
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