If reports from ESPN are to be believed, a €36 million deal sending Inter Milan midfield maestro Wesley Sneijder to Manchester City has been struck after much speculation had him moving to inner-city rivals Manchester United.
Sneijder, 27, who joined Inter from Real Madrid in 2007 for a fee in the region of €15 million, played a linchpin role in the Italian giant’s treble winning season of 2010 which saw the club take home the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League titles under Jose Mourinho.
Seen as the perfect replacement for the recently retired Pual Scholes, the Dutch international departure for another club poses a huge problem for United. Not only will Sir Alex Ferguson be missing out on the creative element that his side is so desperately lacking but big spending City have assuredly become a much stronger club and serious title contender having already acquired Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid earlier in the transfer window.
If this "impending" transfer proves to be true, Manchester City's aspirations for domestic and Champions League glory can certainly no longer be made out to be a joke.
However, ESPN's claimed source Gazzetta dello Sport has made no indication of a move as when Inter's CEO Ernesto Poalillo was questioned on the possibility of a Sneijder transfer he replied:
"Today is absolutely none, in spite of what one reads and hears. It was never initiated any discussions, Sneijder is a cornerstone of our society. Then you know that football is changing and anything can happen."
That in addition to City's own reluctance to announce the news themselves leaves me skeptical of such assertions. I do not believe Sneijder will be departing for any of the Manchester clubs this transfer window.
What say you readers?