You would have thought that, after 2 years of speculation about Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United, the sports media would be tired of the story. But, tenacious as ever for a potential scoop, several are linking the Dutch maestro with a move to England once more. This time, however, Manchester United aren’t being mooted as a potential destination – yet anyway.
The brilliant attacking midfielder is now being linked with moves to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. He’s only been with Galatasaray for 6 months after a protracted departure from Inter. But The Express, for one, reckons that Tottenham and Chelsea want the Dutchman, who has amassed 93 caps for Holland in a dazzling, though recently stunted career.
Unal Aysal, the Galatasaray president is quoted in the paper as saying:
“I have been following the rumours about Sneijder, but we have not received an offer for him.
“If an offer in the region of €15m (£12.75m) comes in, we might decide to sell him though.”
I like this guy. He’s straight talking. The article goes on to quote the player himself batting his eyelids in Chelsea’s direction:
“I have a great relationship with Jose Mourinho.
“We have kept in contact since our days at Inter Milan. Does Chelsea need a playmaker? I’m not sure. In football you can never be certain of what will happen next but I’m very happy in Turkey.”
The Holland coach Louis van Gaal has added fuel to the fire by stating:
“Sneijder to Chelsea is just a rumour at the moment, but it would be much easier for me to keep an eye on his progress if he were to make the move to Chelsea,”
I’m not sure if Chelsea do need a playmaker. But Tottenham could surely squeeze him into an already talented midfield. In truth, if the player can rediscover the type of form that helped Inter to the treble in 2010, then he would get into any side in the world. Even at 29 Sneijder has a good few years in the tank. He’s a natural athlete and scores long range goals for fun. He’s not only a good player, but an exciting player. He would cost a pretty penny but could be a super signing if stays fit. Make no mistake, Sneijder is from the top drawer.
Let’s have a look at some of those magic long range efforts shall we? Yes, let’s!