Wesley Sneijder Is a Transfer Target of Chelsea, Claims Louis van Gaal

Christopher AtkinsContributor IOctober 17, 2013

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 11:  Wesley Sneijder of Holland during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifing match between Holland and Hungary at Amsterdam Arena on October 11, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has revealed that Jose Mourinho's Chelsea are interested in signing midfielder Wesley Sneijder, urging the player to move for the sake of his international form.

The Daily Star's Nick Lustig reports that Mourinho is keen to be reunited with his former charge, having managed Sneijder to a famous treble win at Inter Milan.

Per the report, van Gaal believes it would be a positive move for the star:

I know Chelsea and Jose Mourinho want Sneijder. In my opinion, if possible Sneijder should leave Galatasaray and join Chelsea. 

Playing under Mourinho again would improve his performances and help him regain his form for the national team.

Sneijder joined the Turkish side for a fee of around £8.4 million last January, per BBC Sport, but has failed to come near reproducing the type of form he showed during his time in Italy.

The Dutchman has found the net four times in 18 league games since his move, per Soccerway, and has seen his side disappoint in the opening two rounds of this year's UEFA Champions League.

With reports last week suggesting that Galatasaray must repay $57 million of debt in the next 12 months to avoid major financial issues, per Bloomberg, they will no doubt be keen to shift Sneijder's sizeable wages off their payroll.

Having now been below his best for quite some time, there will be some who will question the use of Sneijder to a top-level side at present.

However, Mourinho is fully aware of what Sneijder can offer to any team and would be well placed to make a judgement on his purchase.

Assuming that Sneijder will not command a particularly large transfer fee, given Galatasaray's financial position and his poor form, a club of Chelsea's stature could afford to take a calculated gamble in the knowledge that his resale value would not drop at any great speed.

Quite where Sneijder would fit in at the club is another question.

In attacking midfield, Mourinho already has Andre Schurrle, Kevin de Bruyne, Willian, Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard fighting for just three positions. Were Sneijder's arrival to mean the exit of Mata, for example, it would seem to hold little benefit.

Mourinho has generally been a good judge of which characters will suit his side, with the one exception of his time at Real Madrid. The Spanish side are a special case in terms of squad politics, and if Mourinho believes that a player will add to his options for the first team, he has generally been proven correct.

Sneijder could well be on the move in January, but whether Chelsea really need the Dutchman is highly debatable. Certainly, it will not help his international form were he to find himself warming the substitute's bench.

Unless Sneijder is guaranteed a regular starting place, van Gaal may be misguided in suggesting Stamford Bridge as the best location for his star to regain past form.