Chelsea have moved into pole position to sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan.
The Dutchman was heavily fancied to join Manchester United after the Premier League champions courted him earlier in the summer. Sneijder confirmed that he had been contacted by the English club and was receptive though that transfer seems to have fallen through due to the players wage demands said to be around £200,000 a week.
Chelsea have previously shown little reluctance over paying such huge salaries and while they are attempting to trim certain areas of their finance to fall in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, they are considering a swoop for the former Real Madrid playmaker. Their frustrated pursuit for Tottenham’s Luka Modric could force owner Roman Abramovich into making a play for Sneijder with creativity in central areas still an issue at Stamford Bridge despite the arrival of Juan Mata from Valencia.
According to to the Mail on Sunday, their hopes of doing business with Inter Milan have been given a boost as the Nerazzurri are keen to sign Florent Malouda and a deal including the France international plus £27.5m could yet be sealed before Wednesday’s tranfer deadline.