Wesley Sneijder: Inter Milan’s asking price prevented Man United move

Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder says Inter Milan priced Manchester United out of a move for the midfielder in the summer of 2010

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Wesley Sneijder joined Galatasaray in January Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

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Wesley Sneijder has claimed that Inter Milan priced Manchester United out of a potential deal for the Netherlands international back in 2010.

The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for the playmaker after the 29-year-old inspired Inter to the 2010 Champions League crown.

Despite persistent speculation, a move to the 19-time English champions never materialised, with the former Ajax star joining Galatasaray in January.

“We had some talks with [Sir] Alex Ferguson back in 2010,” Sneijder is quoted as saying by Galatasaray Dergisi.

“They [United] contacted the club after our Treble season but too much money was asked for [by Inter]. And I was also happy at Inter so I decided to stay.

“Manchester United are a fantastic club and they kept showing interest after that year but not as determined as before.

“I don’t give much thought about proposed transfers, if I’m happy somewhere, I’m happy there.”

Sneijder also revealed he could have joined Barcelona in 2007 but instead opted to leave Ajax for the Catalan side’s bitter rivals, Real Madrid.

“Real Madrid were very persuasive about signing me,” he added.

“There were two possibilities in Spain for me: either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

“Barca are really a great club and they have won everything for the past six years but I always liked Real Madrid’s white shirt. I was very excited when they offered me a deal and took it immediately. And for me, they have a greater history than Barcelona.”

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