From: Real Madrid
To: Inter Milan
Date: Aug. 27, 2009
Cost: $22 million
In 2007, Madrid signed Sneijder from Ajax for almost $40 million. Like many players at Real, Sneijder failed to completely establish himself. Just two years later, the Dutch playmaker moved to Inter Milan for just $22 million.
Since then, he has been outstanding. 2010 was an especially incredible year for Sneijder. In May, Inter Milan won the Serie A and the Copa Italia. After that, the team completed an amazing treble by winning the 2009/2010 Champions League. Just one month later, Sneijder was pivotal in helping Netherlands reaching the World Cup Final. All of that for just $20 million!
Inter Milan already got more than their money's worth out of Sneijder, in just two years. The Italian club will have a big decision to make this summer. They can choose to sell the playmaker this summer and receive a huge sum, or they can keep him.
No matter what the decision is, this may have been one of the best transfer bargains ever.