Could a bidding war begin for Wesley Sneijder between Old Trafford and Anfield?
Wesley Sneijder is ready to walk out of Inter Milan for free – sparking a Premier League scramble to sign the Dutch master next month.
Sneijder, a £35million target for Manchester United 18 months ago, is taking legal advice to discover whether he can force his departure from the San Siro after being ordered to take a pay-cut by the Italian giants.
Inter want to slash his £180,000-a-week wages by half – and have told him he will continue to be frozen out by coach Andrea Stramaccioni until he signs the new deal.
Sneijder, 28, will ask FIFA to intervene but has already been assured he is within his rights to walk out on Inter for breach of contract and restraint of trade.
That would allow him to sign for another club while FIFA investigate his case – and it could take FIFA up to two years to make a ruling.
Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been informed of Sneijder’s impending availability.
At 28, Wesley Sneijder certainly still could do a fine job at a big club in England.
If the Inter Milan star is available for free in January, Sneijder could be one of the best bargains around. Right?
Sneijder is reportedly willing to cut his wage demands to £160,000 per week, which is really the kind of pay cut that makes the common man vomit everywhere.
It is also a huge amount even for a football club, with only the top clubs able to afford such expenditure.
On wages alone Sneijder would cost over £8m per season, and he is also unlikely to have any resale value upon the end of his contract.
It would be a massive gamble for Manchester United, Liverpool or indeed Tottenham Hotspur to sign Sneijder, as there could be no guarantee that he would adapt well to the Premier League.
Sneijder is also not the kind of player that any of the three linked clubs have been signing in recent years.
Both Manchester United and Liverpool in particular have implemented a policy of bringing younger players in, with the obvious exception being the Red Devils’ splurge on Robin van Persie last summer.
Still, given the sheer quality of Wesley Sneijder – proven on the global stage with the Netherlands in reaching the 2010 World Cup final, and the European with the UEFA Champions League victory that year – perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson, Brendan Rodgers or Andre Villas-Boas will deem the Dutchman a gamble worth taking after all.
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