Wesley Sneijder: Breaking Down Top Candidates to Land Dutch Superstar

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 16:  Antonio Cassano of FC Internazionale Milano in action during the Serie A match between Torino FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on September 16, 2012 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Contractual disputes have caused a riff between Wesley Sneijder and current side Inter Milan, rendering his departure from the Italian club rather imminent.

Per Thom Drake of The Daily Mail:

Despite the prevailing uncertainty, Sneijder is confident he will no longer be at Inter come the end of the month.

Sneijder was by released for the Serie A winter break two games ahead of the rest of the Inter squad and has not featured for the first team since September after rejecting a proposed two million euro pay cut.

Both club and player are eager to bring the uncomfortable stand-off to an end, but Sneijder is adamant his next move will not be driven by the size of the salary on offer, saying: 'No, it is not a question of money.'

Even in the face of those claims, however, nearly all of the talk surrounding Sneijder's move has come down to dollars and cents. He deserves to be paid like one of the world's best players—and he knows it—but some of the purported wages he's requesting have given teams cold feet.

Sneijder's status will be one to watch eagerly the next few weeks. Here's an update on four sides that have been linked to him:



Once thought to be serious players in the Sneijder sweepstakes, Liverpool appear to have slowly dropped out of the running.

In a fanciful alternate reality where wage bills and salaries are naught, Liverpool would do very well to acquire Sneijder. He's a dynamic, versatile weapon that would pair up well with Luis Suarez and newly acquired Daniel Sturridge. He might even make Liverpool a top-three attack in the Premiership.

Unfortunately, in our tedious present reality, wages do in fact exist—and Sneijder doesn't appear to be fiscally attainable.

Per David Maddock of The Daily Mirror, Sneijder is requesting almost £240,000 a week, an exorbitant sum that prompted manager Brendan Rogers to say he "couldn't see" Sneijder coming to Anfield.



The top team in Turkey has long been linked to Wesley Sneijder, even, reportedly, making a substantial bid for his services. But Sneijder has incessantly stalled in his accord of the deal. Per Richard Arrowsmith of The Daily Mirror:

Galatasaray will only 'wait another three or four days for Wesley Sneijder' to decide if he wants to complete a proposed transfer from Inter Milan, according to reports.

The Dutch playmaker appears to be keeping his options open for a move to the Premier League after claiming he was in 'no rush' to sign for the Turkish side, despite having a fee agreed between the two clubs.

Galatasaray is, understandably, starting to get impatient with Sneijder's temporization. In their eyes they are a top-flight side, and in many ways, Sneijder's reluctance to come over is seen as a minor insult (to both club and country). 

If Sneijder's actions are any indication, he won't be playing in Turkey any time soon. But money usually has the final word, so it's hard to say for sure.


Manchester United/Tottenham

Like Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham are waiting out Sneijder on his contractual demands. They know they have leverage over Galatasaray (by virtue of playing in the Premiership), and they hope that he'll be willing to take a pay cut to join them.

According to Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun, it just might work:

Wesley Sneijder last night opened the door for a cut-price £11 million January move from Inter Milan to Manchester United or Tottenham.

That article is a little dated (last night does not mean January 17th), but the sentiment remains real. Sneijder might be willing to take a minor pay-cut in order to join a lavish, top-flight, English side.

Tottenham and United both certainly fit the bill.