Tottenham were linked with signing Wesley Sneijder earlier in the week. Could it happen?
Wesley Sneijder is about to become Europe's most in-demand transfer target, with the rumour Inter are willing to cash in on the attacker after a pay dispute.
Inter apparently want him to take a pay cut, and Sneijder is willing to call it quits on his time at the club and move on.
Manchester United famously came close to signing him in 2010, and Inter rejected their advances and £30 million plus offer. With the Dutchman's form dipping over the last two years, their failure to cash in is looking like, with the benefit of hindsight, an error of judgement.
Even so the playmaker is supremely talented, and is wanted by clubs across Europe; at 28 he still has plenty to offer and change of scene may well be just what he needs to get his career back on track.
Fenerbahce are said to have made an enquiry for the Champions League winner, and Manchester United's hat is also in the ring, but it emerged this week that Tottenham could also make a move to sign the player.
There is every chance he would be success and fit right in at White Hart Lane.
Sneijder's best position is in attacking midfield, and Spurs could be just the club to make it work for him. Andre Villas-Boas' preferred formation of 4-5-1 would see him fit straight into the line-up, and it's no surprise to see him linked.
With Lennon wide right and Bale on the left, the void Van der Vaart vacated of an attacking central role would be ideal for him. So far Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey have attempted to fill it with fleeting success and mixed fortunes, but if the opportunity to bring in Sneijder crops up, as it has, Tottenham should seize it.
With the midfield platform of Dembele and Sandro behind him, Sneijder would have ample space and time to let his creative talents run free and dictate games.
The big issue Spurs will face in trying to secure his signature is the present lack of Champions League football, as there will be offers from clubs who can offer it, and the club may be best off hoping the Dutchman does not want to move until the end of the season, when they may be able to offer it depending on their league finish.
Spurs should be careful though, despite Sneijder's talent, Inter are not in a strong position from a transfer point of view and they shouldn't offer over the odds. Sneijder's recent injury history through the last two seasons mean he is a bit of a gamble, and they should not overspend. With Daniel Levy at the negotiating table, it's unlikely they will.
Tottenham said goodbye to one supremely talented Dutchman in Van der Vaart in the summer, we are guessing supporters won't be disappointed if he is replaced with Wesley Sneijder.
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