Whatever happened to Wesley Sneijder? It was only two and a half years ago that he was one of the most coveted players in Europe having been instrumental in Inter’s historic treble and scoring five goals in Holland’s run to the 2010 World Cup final.
Just 18 months after he looked certain to sign for Manchester United he is being offered around Europe to any club who will listen and only Galatasaray seem to be interested.
Now with Inter refusing to play him until such time as he agrees a new contract, which would see his wages cut, he has found himself exiled from first team football.
He never rediscovered the form he showed in 2010 which arguably should have seen him emerge as the Ballon d’Or winner ahead of Lionel Messi.
That along with his high wage demands appears to have put off any top clubs from taking a chance on him.
The Premiership is rumoured to be his preferred destination, Harry Redknapp was quoted earlier this week as saying he had been offered to Q.P.R, another indication of how far Sneijder’s stock has fallen.
It seems crazy that a player with his ability, and still only 28, is left with so few options having been effectively blackmailed by Inter during the contract dispute.
If a favourable offer doesn’t come his way it may be tempting for Sneijder to stay at Inter beyond January, which would put the club in a tricky situation, do they keep playing hardball to the point where they might get an extremely low fee when he does eventually go?
Or do they start playing him again in the hope that some good performances may attract more interest in the summer?
However things pan out at Inter Sneijder may be looking back and wondering what might have been had he made the switch to Manchester 18 months ago.
United chased the Dutchman frantically in the summer of 2011 and a deal was very close, however the combination of Inter’s €35m price tag and the player’s €200k a week wage demands was enough to put off Sir Alex Ferguson.
A small compromise from either the player or his owners would have seen the deal go through, instead he is forced to consider a move to Turkey.
Should a Premiership team take a chance on Sneijder? What do you think?