After passing a medical exam, Wesley Sneijder's transfer to Galatasaray has officially been completed.
ESPN UK broke the news via Twitter, tweeting:
TRANSFER: Wesley Sneijder's deal to join Galatasaray from Inter has been officially completed.— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) January 22, 2013
After playing multiple seasons for Inter Milan, Sneijder's time with the Nerazzuri was surely over after contract disputes soured the relationship between player and club.
Fox Sports reports that Sneijder would have been required to take a pay cut in order to remain with Inter Milan.
The Lions paid a $10 million transfer fee to acquire the Dutch star while inking him to a three and a half year deal worth $6.66 million, according to Fox Sports.
Fox is also reporting that Sneijder is excited about the move:
I'm really enthusiastic about going to Turkey. 'I've heard that so many people are waiting for me in Istanbul, I know the Turkish fans are fantastic. I'm happy to play for a club like Galatasaray. I can't wait to play my first game and to meet (coach) Fatih Terim. Together we'll do great things. I'll make him proud to have bought me.
According to ESPN, the midfielder spoke to his former boss and coach at Inter Milan to get their approval before making the switch.
With Turkish football becoming more popular and Sneijder being one of the most recognizable and accurate scorers in the game, Galatasaray made a great move here.
There was a point in time when the star midfielder was rumored to possibly be playing in the English Premier League as a member of Manchester United (h/t the Guardian).
ESPN cites that one reason for the move is the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Sneijder is looking to make the Dutch squad once more, but in order to do that, he needs consistent starts, something he wasn't getting with Inter. No matter the motives or circumstances that brought Sneijder to Galatasaray, it would appear that both sides seem pleased with the move.
Sneijder is one of the best playmaking midfielders in the game and will immediately provide Galatasaray's offense with a much-needed jolt.
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