Stamford Bridge boss hopes to land Dutch master.
Chelsea boss Andre Villa-Boas will look to lure Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder to Stamford Bridge this summer as he hopes to add more creativity to his Blues midfield. The Portuguese boss will be backed by owner Roman Abramovich in the transfer market and will have funds to make a significant offer to bring the Dutch international to the West London club.
Moves to sign the former Ajax and Real Madrid man will be aided by the Serie A side’s appalling season and the 27 year old will be all the more likely to push for a San Siro exit if the Nerazzurri fail to secure European qualification. Claudio Ranieri’s side currently sit in seventh spot, some nine points off a top three finish and the resultant Champions League qualification that finish provides.
Sneijder had been strongly linked with a move to Man United last summer but many sources suggested that the player’s £200k+ a week demands were frowned upon by Sir Alex Ferguson but Chelsea appear very willing to fork out such a salary in order to land the talented playmaker.
Villas-Boas sees Sneijder as a replacement for Frank Lampard, who has found himself out of the first team picture on a number of occasions this term, and hopes to bring in the world class addition as a statement of intent that proves that Chelsea can match their rivals in the transfer market.
It could take a bid in the region of £35m to persuade Inter Milan to sell Sneijder and Roman Abramovich is keen to flex his financial muscles and will be even keener to make the signing if they fail to secure a top four finish this term and could see the goal-scoring midfielder as a catalyst to help the club battle back into contention for major honours.