Wesley Sneijder holds 'unofficial talks' with Manchester United

Wesley Sneijder has confirmed he would like to join Manchester United and suggested "unofficial talks" have taken place with the Barclays Premier League champions.

Wesley Sneijder keen on Premier League move claims Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart has revealed Holland team-mate Wesley Sneijder is keen to play in the Barclays Premier League.

Sneijder open to England move

Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has hinted he is open to a move to England.

James Lawton: People's Monday happens when real fans penetrate corporate wall

The worry is that football has grown too rich, with its captive TV market and foreign sugar daddies, to understand the value of the mood that came to Lord's this week

David Beckham expects to play for two more years

Former England skipper David Beckham believes he has at least two more years left before retirement.

James Lawton: Barça's take on this saga speaks volumes on the state of English football

Who, really, can we see storming the high ground Barcelona have claimed? You wouldn't invest the mortgage on Chelsea

Football in Brief: Given cleared to sign for £3.5m; Ferguson: Forget about Sneijder; Greening back with McClaren

Shay Given is expected to become an Aston Villa player today after passing a medical. The club will pay Manchester City £3.5m for the Republic of Ireland keeper, the subject of protracted talks . Villa's defender Richard Dunne, looking forward to playing alongside his former team-mate, said: "It's a good opportunity for Shay to get back to playing football and I think it's one he's really looking forward to." Villa have had a £10m bid for Charles N'Zogbia turned down, with Wigan looking for a higher fee and the winger himself thought to be unimpressed with Villa's offer of £50,000 a week.

Manchester United players responsible for replacing Paul Scholes says Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United's players need to take collective responsibility for trying to replace Paul Scholes.

Manchester United deserve more respect rages Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand is fuming that Manchester United are not the automatic choice to retain their Premier League title.

Manchester United deny making move to sign Wesley Sneijder

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims his club have "no real interest" in Wesley Sneijder and accepts there is no point worrying about who will replace the newly-retired Paul Scholes.

Antonio Valencia to miss Manchester United pre-season tour

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Antonio Valencia has flown back to England and will play no part in the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

No offers for Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder insist Inter Milan

Inter Milan technical director Marco Branca insists the Italian giants have not received any official offers for Wesley Sneijder.

Neville hopes for Sneijder arrival at Manchester United

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville hopes to see Wesley Sneijder arrive at Old Trafford this summer - although he has stressed manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not pay over the odds for any player.

Visa problems rule Gervinho out of Arsenal's Asia tour

Gervinho's £11m move from Lille to Arsenal will be delayed by at least another week due to visa problems, so the forward will miss the club's seven-day pre-season tour of the Far East.

Arsenal left in no doubt about Nasri's strong desire to leave

Midfielder determined to force £25m move to United in pursuit of silverware

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