The Dutch ace has been linked over a number of years with a move to Manchester United but, having failed to agree the deal, it looks as if Inter are keen to cash in on him with his most likely destination now Russian side Anzhi Makachkala.
The Russian club are understood to have enquired as to his availability in January, with £25 million the price-tag for the 28-year-old.
Sir Alex Ferguson was ready to sign the maestro at the peak of his powers back in 2010 – reports circulated that the two clubs had agreed a fee but that United backed out upon his receiving his wage demands.
He was intended to be signed as a replacement for Paul Scholes who was at the time 35 and well into the twilight of his United career. Now 27, Ferguson is still struggling to find a replacement for one of the best midfielders in the game.
United signed Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund in the summer but he’s yet to really stake his claim over the Red Devils’ first-team – his performances have been solid but underwhelming to an extent as he struggles with injury and adapting to the Premier League.
Could Ferguson finally get the player he always wanted – at £25 million, a significant reduction from the estimated £40 million he was prepared to pay two years ago.
Reports have now surfaced that United may push for a swap deal – that would see the out-of favour Nani move in the opposite direction.
But Russia side Anzhi may swoop for the star before Ferguson gets his chance to weigh up his options. They are also prepared to match his current wage packet at Inter – a lucrative £250,000 per week plus a number of lump-sum incentives for both him and his agent.
Would United be willing to match that? I have a sneaking suspicion probably not, but I also sense that at 28 years of age Sneijder might fancy a ‘big move’ to the Premier League more than a financially-motivated move to an up-and-coming Russian side.
That kind of move is usually reserved for players over 30, like former Inter teammate Samuel Eto’o. Hey, maybe Anzhi should bid for Paul Scholes?