Dutchman could be Istanbul bound.
Manchester United, City and Tottenham’s pursuit of Wesley Sneijder could be foiled by Galatasaray.
The Turkish club’s president had dinner with Inter chief Massimo Moratti on Monday night and said they discussed whether they could acquire the Dutch star.
‘I had dinner with Massimo Moratti in Italy, on Monday,’ he told GSTV. ‘We spoke about how we can co-operate on football academies.
‘The Wesley Sneijder topic was also on table. I can say we made positive progress on the prospect of signing Sneijder.
‘I suppose it will be clear in a few days. We will negotiate the terms and hopefully get a discount on Sneijder’s fee.
‘If they will agree on our offer financially then this move will be finalised.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
It does seem as though interest in the Dutch international has polarized a fair bit of late. There were a hoard of clubs said to be interested in the Inter Milan man and it seemed to become fairly plausible that the San Siro side would listen to offers for the 28 year old given that he has played little part in first team affairs for the best part of four months.
Perhaps the lack of interest from some clubs stems from the player’s reported exorbitant wage demands and that could explain why Galatasaray will hope that their ongoing partnership with the Serie A giants could see them land the former Real Madrid and Ajax man on a cheaper deal, which could then lead to the Istanbul side being able to meet those salary expectations.
There is certainly a sense that any side buying Sneijder is getting a player capable of making a lesser impact than the player of three years ago would have made.
The talented attacking midfielder clinched a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in his first season at Inter Milan but the club went backwards since Jose Mourinho left and young manager Andrea Stramaccioni doesn’t appear to see Sneijder as part of his plans.
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