Turkish club’s chairman reveals positive talks with Inter over playmaker.
Manchester United, City and Tottenham’s pursuit of Wesley Sneijder could be foiled by Galatasaray.
The Turkish club’s president had dinner with Inter chief Massimo Moratti on Monday night and said they discussed whether they could acquire the Dutch star.
‘I had dinner with Massimo Moratti in Italy, on Monday,’ he told GSTV. ‘We spoke about how we can co-operate on football academies.
‘The Wesley Sneijder topic was also on table. I can say we made positive progress on the prospect of signing Sneijder.
‘I suppose it will be clear in a few days. We will negotiate the terms and hopefully get a discount on Sneijder’s fee.
‘If they will agree on our offer financially then this move will be finalised.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Wesley Sneijder may not be coming to the Premier League, after Turkish outfit Galatasaray confirmed they had opened talks with Inter over the Dutch playmaker.
Sneijder is almost certain to leave the San Siro this month after an irreconcilable contract dispute with Inter bosses.
Man United are thought to have been tracking the Netherlands international for over two years, and reportedly considered a £26m bid for the 28-year-old in summer 2010; strangely, now Sneijder is available for as little as £10m, the Red Devils’ interest has cooled.
It is possible that Sneijder’s wage demands of over £200,000 per week or the summer arrival of Shinji Kagawa deterred United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester City have also been linked with a move for the former Ajax man and the Premier League Champions could certainly do with some added creativity in the centre of the park.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are the latest club to express an interest in Sneijder but it is hard to see the thrifty North Londoners getting anywhere near the Dutchman’s wage demands, particularly when boss Andre Villas-Boas has his heart set on a move for compatriot Joao Moutinho.
With the greatest of respect to the Turkish league, it would be shame to see Sneijder depart for the graveyard of English goalkeepers, particularly when in his prime.
Inter are unlikely to sell to another Serie A club, so can anyone in England or Spain save him from a move to Gala?
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