Ranieri in battle to keep 'crown jewel' Sneijder out of United's hands
Published 22:30 31/12/11 By Simon Mullock
Inter Milan boss Claudio Ranieri is involved in a battle to keep Wesley Sneijder at the San Siro.
Dutch international midfielder Sneijder has been a long-term target for Manchester United and could have moved to Old Trafford in the summer if he had reduced his £250,000-a-week wage demands.
Now, Ranieri has admitted that there is fresh interest in the 27-year-old – and Sir Alex Ferguson has said that United’s owners will back him in the transfer market if a top player becomes available. “Sneijder is our crown jewel,” said Ranieri. “He is not just a squad member, he is the main man. He has to be the leader of the team.
“I don’t want him to go anywhere. I want him to stay here at Inter. He belongs here in this squad. There is still so much room for improvement and more success here.”
Sneijder, who is back to full fitness after suffering with injury problems this season, has told friends that he is desperate to experience the Premier League after playing in Holland, Spain and Italy.