WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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31/08/2011 10:00

Papers: Sneijder shuts door

Jeremy Cross wrote in the Daily Star ...

Wesley Sneijder has slammed the door shut on a last-minute switch to Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson has spent the summer chasing the Inter Milan star in the hope of luring him to Manchester United. United officials held talks with Wesley Sneijder’s representatives and were confident of landing the midfield ace in a £36m deal. The move stalled when Inter dug their heels in and Holland international Sneijder struggled to agree personal terms. United’s hopes were revived when Ferge’s right hand man Rene Meulensteen suggested earlier this week a deal could still be thrashed out before tonight’s transfer deadline. But Sneijder said: “I’m staying at Inter. I don’t think I’ll leave at this moment of the market. “It was either me or Eto’o to leave Inter and since he has now gone, there is no need for Inter to sell me. “Manchester United? Anything is possible in football, but I don’t think this time something will happen."

In other news, The Sun claims that Fabio Capello has already taken the decision to include Ashley Young in the starting line-up for the match with Bulgaria on Friday. The Italian was impressed with the winger's displays this season and will play in the European Championship qualifier in Sofia.

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