Reports surfacing on talkSPORT yesterday quote Bolo Zenden as saying the Dutch pair of Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben will NOT follow current International boss Louis van Gaal to Old Trafford this summer. The former Netherlands international said:
“No I don’t see that happening.
“I’m sure he will bring in some players but I’m not sure he will bring any players in from this [Netherlands] group’ amidst numerous recent rumours claiming United and van Gaal are interested in the duo.”
This will come as a relief to certain sections of United fans, as it is the first story to come out in 4 or 500 years claiming Wesley Sneijder won’t be joining the Red Devils. And as for Robben, as a former Chelsea player, may not be looked on too favourably by supporters.
Where the pair are undoubtedly talented footballers, and would improve most sides in World football, the constant speculation is growing tiresome to say the least especially where Sneijder is concerned. And where they have been impressive at this summer’s World Cup, their advanced years make it silly to invest going forward.
Robben would not come cheap, potentially talking in the £30 million bracket, Sneijder could also cost a pretty penny (Though some reports are suggesting as little as £12 million to prise him away from Galatasaray) after their impressive showings in Brazil. £42 million for two 30 – year – old players is money that could be used elsewhere for players with bigger prospects and of actual need (Arturo Vidal for example).
Then take into account the players themselves. Robben can be completely unplayable when he is in full flow, but has a nasty habit of going to ground without much assistance, or trying to do too much in the final third. Sneijder is a player we maybe should have signed two or three years ago, and at that time would have been a tremendous addition, but now there is a pool of talent in his position (Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa when he finally shows up, Jesse Lingard) it would be a pointless addition. Then also factor in he isn’t a stand out player, you wouldn’t put him in the same pool as Mata certainly.
In conclusion, the quotes are refreshing to hear ahead of the usual tittle-tattle banded about during the summer months. And I suppose it would be nice to be able to spend that money with wanton disregard, it could really do with being used elsewhere. Still, it’s nice to be linked with quality once more.