Emirates Stadium boss wants Dutch master?
Arsenal are making a shock move for Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter still want to sell Sneijder, with Manchester United stalling on making a new offer for the Dutchman.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, flush with the cash from the sales of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, is now being linked with a stunning move for Sneijder.
Gunners skipper Robin van Persie would welcome the arrival of his countryman, though personal terms could prove an issue.
Meanwhile, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis revealed Inter’s financial problems – despite the sale of Samuel Eto’o to Anzhi – after rejecting an approach for Ezequiel Lavezzi.
“(Inter president Massimo) Moratti told me that he costs too much, we talked on the phone, but Inter does not have €32 million.”
Where do we start with this? Well Wesley Sneijder appears to not want to leave the San Siro and shunned the advances of Premier League champions and last season’s Champions League runners-up Man United, so why would the Dutchman look to join Arsenal? Because friend Robin Van Persie is there? Probably not.
It does seem however seem that Inter Milan are in a financial pickle and may need to sell another player to help balance the books and it did seem that the Nerazzurri were willing to consider offers for 27 year old playmaker Wesley Sneijder. Sir Alex Ferguson was close to bringing in the former Real Madrid and Ajax man by all accounts and only hefty pay demands scuppered a deal, and now Arsene Wenger fancies his chances, really?
This story emanated with Italian source Gazzetta dello Sport so perhaps there is little or no truth to it, or perhaps Wenger feels that a huge ‘marquee’ signing is what is needed to get the North London club back on the map, the problem is the Arsenal boss is known for not spending huge sums, and it would cost £35m to get the Inter man, and he doesn’t tend to buy players of his age.
Having lost Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy Arsenal must look to bring in an established experienced player or two before the transfer window shuts next Wednesday. Thus far Wenger has brought in two teenagers, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Gervinho from Lille. Not stellar signings and not the kind of purchases that will lead many to believe that an end to a six year silverware drought is drawing near.
Arsenal are reportedly looking to strengthen their defence and even with the loss of Fabregas and Nasri, the onus will still be to beef up the back line before new faces are brought in to improve midfield options.