Dutch midfielder ends speculation about his future.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ hopes of snatching midfielder Wesley Sneijder from under the noses of Galatasaray has ended after the Turkish side confirmed his signature.
Despite Dutch international midfielder Sneijder being close to completing a deal to leave Inter Milan for Turkey, Liverpool entered the race to sign the 28-year-old, who was out of favour at the San Siro, at a late stage.
But the late bid failed to come off as Sneijder was confirmed as a Galatasaray player on Sunday evening with a club statement reading: “Sneijder is coming to Istanbul tomorrow.” The club’s twitter feed added: “An agreement with Inter Milan and Wesley Sneijder for the transfer has been agreed.”
Football Italia report that the deal will cost Galatasaray €7.5million with the Dutchman putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract which will earn him around €5million each season with the club.
Liverpool are now likely to step up their chase of Sneijder’s former Inter Milan team-mate Philippe Countinho. An £8million offer has been placed to secure the signature of the 20-year-old Brazilian international, who is an attacking midfielder.