Wesley Sneijder: 5 Reasons the English Premier League Is a Good Fit
Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been one of the most sought-after talents of this summer's transfer window, and a move to the English Premier League seems like his best possible option should he leave the San Siro.
Speculation about a potential move to England has been rife, and has only been bested by the incessant rumors of Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas' return to Barcelona.
With Fabregas' move now complete, attention is again turning to the talented Dutchman Sneijder.
The Premier League season has started, and the first-round fixtures have left many Premier League managers—and owners—with thoughts on how best their team can be improved before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Although no formal bids have yet been submitted for Sneijder, the links to the Premier League have great merit—and here are the reasons why.
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Arguments about which of Europe's top domestic leagues is the best have raged for the last several years, but few will argue about the exposure available to England's elite league, the Premier League.
Touted as the "World's Richest Football League," wealthy foreign ownership and massive television deals have secured the Premier League's place as the most watched football league in the world.
Inter Milan is certainly no small player on the stage of world football, as their 2010 Champions League win certainly demonstrated.
But a move to a Premier League side would only further increase the popularity of the 2010 UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year, whose weekly performances would be available to far more television markets around the world.
Every Great Player Wants a New Challenge
Sneijder after receiving his World Cup runners-up medal in South Africa last summer
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Along with his title of the 2010 UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year, Sneijder has accrued a significant amount of personal and club honors on both the international and domestic stage.
A 2010 nominee for the Ballon d'Or—arguably world football's highest honor—he also has medals as a winner of the Champions League, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga and the Dutch Eredivisie.
Not to mention medals for winning the domestic cup competitions in all three of those European leagues, coupled with an impressive World Cup silver medal for his performances in South Africa last summer.
But when a player has found such incredible success in every part of his career, new challenges are not only required, but are avidly sought by the best players.
Sneijder is no different.
He's proved his quality everywhere he's been so far, but the physicality and competitiveness of the Premier League will present a new challenge. A player of Sneijder's caliber won't be able to resist that calling for much longer.
The Best Want to Play with (and Against) the Best
Sneijder, left, could potentially link up with Netherlands teammate Robin Van Persie, right, at London side Arsenal
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Having already spent plenty of time talking about Wesley Sneijder's footballing CV, the other members of the teams he has been apart of can't be neglected.
Sneijder has proven his quality as a fantastic individual player, but players of his quality have greater opportunities to increase their level of performance when their teammates are of similar quality.
Not to mention, of course, when the opposition is made up of those same types of players.
Sneijder has already played with some of the very best players in the world for club and country—a list that includes Arjen Robben, Fabio Cannavaro, Samuel Eto'o, Zlaten Ibrahimovic and Rafael van der Vaart—but the quality available in the Premier League matches that.
The league is more challenging than ever, and quality players are found throughout. Sneijder would never consider moving to a team that isn't as capable as Inter, and many Premier League sides have demonstrated their ability to compete over the past two seasons.
Many Top Premier League Midfields Are in Need of Creativity...
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As has been mentioned, the rumors linking Sneijder to Premier League sides have been rampant all summer, but he's been linked to more than just one side in the league.
Manchester United appeared to be leading the race for the midfielder's signature early on, before ruling themselves out of the race this past week.
Chelsea were heavily linked with the Inter Milan man before the appointment of new manager Andre Villas-Boas.
All the while, links with Manchester City continue to grow—particularly as a deal for want-away City forward Carlos Tevez could be used as a major make-weight in a potential deal.
And now Arsenal—potentially rich with the earnings from the Cesc Fabregas deal—may prove to be the dark-horse in the race for Sneijder's signature.
All of the above sides seek Sneijder not simply because of his name recognition, but because of the creativity that he'll bring to whoever is lucky enough to have him on their side.
Fabregas' departure from Arsenal—and the seemingly likely departure of fellow midfielder Samir Nasri—leaves the side desperate for creativity in the midfield.
Chelsea's struggles against a stubborn Stoke City this weekend left some to suggest that they are still one quality player away from where they need to be this season. While Luka Modric has been the most sought-after addition for the side, Chelsea owner Roman Abromovich has demonstrated recently that he's willing to spend the money to get the players he wants.
The best Premier League sides are looking for more and more creativity in their midfields, and Sneijder would fit that role perfectly.
...and They Have the Money to Afford His Talent
Sneijder, left, embraces Inter Milan teammates Giampaolo Pazzini and Goran Pandev
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What some would argue is that the most vital part of a potential move for Sneijder to the Premier League is the money available to be spent on getting him there.
Money to pay the required transfer fee, which would certainly be no paltry amount.
Money to pay the player the wages he and his agent know he is capable of earning.
Along with being the world's wealthiest football league, a number of Premier League sides have the financial power to make Sneijder's move to England a reality.
And while the financial gain in a move for Sneijder would never be touted openly as the reason for his leaving, few would deny that a healthy wage increase would provide great impetus for a change in surroundings.