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Last October, Wesley Sneijder signed a contract extension to remain at Inter Milan until 2015.
A month later, he collapsed in the dressing room during halftime in a game against Brescia.
He told De Telegraaf, "I started to shake and felt pain in my entire body [...] In the changing room I got sick and passed out briefly."
The official diagnosis was anaemia, however, no further explanation was offered by Sneijder or Inter Milan.
I'm going to speculate and assume it was iron deficiency anaemia, which isn't so serious.
Question is: How did Inter Milan, who have nutritionists and doctors, allow Sneijder, their star midfielder, to supposedly not have enough iron intake and let him play football, leading to his collapse?
Sure Sneijder didn't have a good first half of the season, but we know, he was affected by anaemia. He did bounce back and have a good second half of the season.
If it was iron deficiency anaemia, it's really nothing too serious. So why are there so much transfer speculation leading to Sneijder's departure? Why have they signed Argentinian attacking midfielder Ricardo Álvarez for €11.75 million from Vélez Sársfield?
Maybe Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti wants to make more money, having already recorded profits of €81.6 million from just transfers. Perhaps he is quietly confident of the abilities of Álvarez and Philippe Coutinho.
I hate to be a cynic, but something doesn't seem right.
Maybe Sneijder has an existing health issue, which may become a liability in the future for Inter Milan, hence the reason Inter Milan wants to sell him.
If so, Manchester United shouldn't sign Sneijder, because if, God forbid, something serious happens to him when he's playing for Manchester United, and they said he "passed" his medical, then Manchester United will not only face legal trouble but also ethical scrutiny.