As we head into the busy Christmas period in the Premier League, it is easy to forget that the next instalment of transfer silly season is about to engulf us all again.
The British media is currently starved of anything newsworthy, apart maybe from Joey Barton’s sudden development of a `Franglais` accent! So, true to form, they are all in a competition to make up the most outrageous transfer stories to try and tempt the poor old British public into buying their newspapers. However, amongst all the hype and half-truths, there lie a few stories that do actually have some credibility.
For those Manchester United fans who are just returning from rehab due to the last episode of Wesley Sneijder, "will he, won`t he" transfer saga, I apologise for resurrecting this particular subject. However, there is now some truth in the news that Sneijder has emphatically turned down the latest contract terms from his current club, Inter Milan. This is almost purely a financial impasse. Sneijder is reputedly on around £200,000 a week. This was the contract that he secured whilst Jose Mourhino was the manager. However, the club, facing the same financial restraints affecting all of Europe, are offering a reduced financial package which has been flatly turned down by Sneijder`s representatives.
The fact that Sneijder is entering the final stages of his current contract has alerted Sir Alex Ferguson. This is because he had an offer of £35m for Sneijder turned down by Inter Milan in the last transfer window. Now, he can offer much less safe in the knowledge that Inter have to decide quickly to either sell or increase the offer to Sneijder. It may sound fanciful, but clubs like United play this game of brinksmanship all the time with each other.
Do not be surprised to see much more interest in Sneijder from United in the next few weeks leading up to the January transfer window. I would not be surprised to see United make an initial offer around £20m for Sneijder with the savings made going towards his salary requirements.