Wesley Sneijder is under the gun, but he won’t be rushed into making a decision just yet—nor should he be.
According to Dan Silver of Mirror Football (via Gazzetta dello Sport), Sneijder wants to take time to make his decision about whether or not to join Galatasaray:
"Look, all the players in this market period must decide what to do and where to go by January 31, and I will too. I'm not in a rush and I won't be rushed. After everything I have done I don't want to feel like this, almost forced to choose in a short time on a major step in my life.”
According to Richard Arrowsmith of Mirror Football, Sneijder may be taking his time on the decision in hopes of securing a better offer from Liverpool or Tottenham.
The midseason transfer period has been relatively quiet for Premier League teams. With half of the month already gone, Premier League teams with designs on making some big moves will be looking to do so in the next two weeks. By waiting on a better offer, the pressure mounts for teams like Tottenham and Liverpool to make a move.
Sneijder may be burning bridges with Galatasaray the longer he waits, though. Coach Fatih Terim wants his squad to be Sneijder’s “first choice” (via Mirror Football and Gazzetta dello Sport).
“This club is not anyone’s plaything. Those who play here do not see Galatasaray as an alternative, but as a first choice. Otherwise, one must step aside.”
Stepping aside is the best option for Sneijder, who could fill a hole for several Premier League teams. He could also try to secure a similar monetary offer in the Premier League.
Tottenham—if the interest is mutual—would be an excellent landing spot for Sneijder. The squad sits in fourth place, just 15 points back of league-leading Manchester United. If he is looking to play for a contending squad in the Premier League, Sneijder’s decision to wait is a smart one.
The next couple days could decide Sneijder’s landing spot, but he won’t let the decision be a rushed one. If he really desires to play in the Premier League, declining Galatasaray’s €10 million offer will be what it takes.
The transfer period pressure is mounting, and at this point, it may just be up to Tottenham or Liverpool to come through with an offer.