Sneijder’s future will come under intense scrutiny again in the summer and he is refusing to rule out a switch to United. “There have never been any concrete contacts with Manchester United,” said the 27-year-old (right). “I see everything, I am not blind, but there is nothing concrete right now. “I am happy at Inter, but we will see. I currently have no contacts with other clubs and I am living day by day. “If, on the last day of the transfer window, an offer had arrived, maybe I would have left. “The truth is that I feel at home at Inter, but I do not know where I will play next season.” There still remain major question marks as to whether Ferguson would be willing to splash out so much money on a player who turns 28 in June.
The Scot prefers his new recruits to be under the age of 26 with potential sell on values. Tottenham’s Luka Modric is another target – but Spurs are expected to demand in the region of £50m for the brilliant Croatian international. Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a return to the Premier League and Old Trafford would be his first choice. But United, who this week slipped further behind Real and Barcelona in the list of the world’s richest clubs, could not hope to match the £80m they received for the Portuguese in 2009.
United’s year-on-year turnover grew by £45m in 2010-11, but next year’s figures will be hit by their early Champions League exit this season. Ferguson hasn’t come close to matching the club record £30.75m he spent on Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. Despite the retirements of Scholes, Edwin van der Sar and Gary Neville last year, he disappointed fans by failing to bring in a marquee signing last summer.