Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been linked with several clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Arsenal since it was announced he was available on a free transfer this January. So why has he not got teams scrambling at his feet?
There are very few players in world football that you could assign the tag ‘luxury player’ too but undoubtedly Wesley Sneijder is one such name that springs to mind.
The midfield maestro is a true world-class operator, technically gifted with an incredible passing ability he has also chipped in with goals throughout his career. His success is mirrored by his turning out for prestigious clubs such as Ajax, Real Madrid and perhaps most successfully Inter Milan.
However it appears increasingly certain that the love affair with Milan is coming to an end for the Dutch international as he has been told he can leave the club on a free transfer in order to shelf his monumental wages from the bill at the Giuseppe Meazza.
Wesley Sneijder! Available on a free?! Well surely clubs should be scrambling for his signature.
That has not been the case so far for several reasons. Many of the bigger clubs in Europe seem to be rather settled on their current selection of midfielders. A 28-year-old who has not produced his best from recently does not come high on the list of priorities at teams such as Real Madrid or long term admirers Manchester United. Manchester City seems a more likely destination considering their financial luxuries and current injury problems. Yet when he was at the pinnacle of his game during that exceptional run of form in 2010 he signed a rather hefty wage packet at the club and fast forward just over two-and-a-half years and it is a deal that the club is regretting.
Desperate to trim their wage bill the bulky £200k-a-week plus wages he is receiving has seen him frozen out as they attempt to force him into a move.
The fact is no team wants to pay such a monumental amount of money in salaries for the player. He is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League but even City are trying to trim their expenses while Arsenal and Spurs will go nowhere near that sort of wage.
It leaves him bereft of options as PSG have also been stand-offish about a potential deal.
Genuinely the only viable option currently is for him to join former team-mate Samuel Eto’o in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala; despite both parties denying such a deal it is the only destination who may be willing to pay him anything near the sum of money he reportedly desires.
It boils down to a simple choice for the Dutch master… pay-cut or Russia?
Do you think Sneijder could end up in the Premier League?