United want Sneijder

Alex Ferguson is targeting
Holland’s World Cup hero Wesley Sneijder to spearhead next season’s bid for

But it could cost Manchester United
$50 million to prise the Dutchman away from Inter Milan. Fergie is desperate to
find an attacking midfielder in the Paul Scholes mould.

And although the United boss does
not have a huge transfer kitty he sees Sneijder as the ideal player to sit in
the ‘hole’ behind striker Wayne Rooney.

Sneijder, 26, only moved to the San
Siro from Real Madrid in a $20m switch a year ago. The 5ft 7in star helped win
Serie A, the Italian Cup and the Champions League under Jose Mourinho – and has
now scored four goals to lead Holland’s march to the World Cup semi-finals.

New Inter boss Rafa Benitez had a
fierce rivalry with Fergie during his six years in charge at Liverpool. But the
Spaniard is determined to build his own side at Inter.

He knows unless he brings in his
own men, any success will lead to cynics claiming it is still
Mourinho’s team.

Off-loading Sneijder
would also put Benitez in pole position to raid Anfield to sign Javier