With the news that the Dutch midfielder didn’t train with Inter on their first day back added to the rumours that he is being offered around, just where will Wesley Sneijder end up playing next.
Earlier in the week it was reported that Arsenal and Chelsea declined the chance to sign the 28-year-old with Inter apparently even willing to part with him for free, but the two clubs weren’t interested in entertaining the thought of his £200k-a-week wages.
I can understand why Arsenal weren’t interested and Chelsea are looking to rejuvenate an old squad not add older players, even at 28 Sneijder can been seen as old, which would leave Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham as the English clubs that could realistically lure him to the Premiership.
Personally I don’t see City needing or being interested in him, but that doesn’t mean they would add someone of his calibre to the team. United and Sir Alex Ferguson would love to have him at the club as the midfielders they currently have don’t hold up against his quality. If you asked any United fan would they rather have Anderson, Cleverly or Sneijder in midfield I think its safe to say they would all say Sneijder. Not forgetting to mention how well he would link up with his fellow countryman Robin van Persie.
Tottenham would jump at the chance to sign yet another high profile Dutch midfield maestro after Van Der Vaart left, but could they afford his wages? Levy won’t part with large sums of money each week and even United probably wouldn’t want to offer that much, so a move to the Premiership may not be on the cards and so we could see him heading to Paris. But I wouldn’t be shocked if he braved the cold and made a move to Russia with big spending Zenit and the deep pockets of Anzhi it isn’t that strange a thought. China though I think is a little too far fetched as he still has a lot to offer.
At 28 it isn’t as if he has passed his best, but in recent times his stock has taken something of a beating. If PSG did capture Sneijder then they would be adding even more creativity to an already impressive midfield. Meaning facing them would be a disturbing thought, especially those they face in the French league. Who would want to face him and Ibrahimovic alongside the young Brazilian Lucas Moura & Ménez.
If he doesn’t go to PSG he could decide to meet up with former teammate, Samuel Eto’o, in Russia. Anzhi wouldn’t have a problem spending that kind of money, just they may have to worry about FFP but we shall wait and see. Anzhi, who are currently second in the Russian Premier League, are coached by Dutchman Guus Hiddink and boast a strong squad that have Lass Diarra, Yuri Zhirkov and Christopher Samba.
Another Russian club that is spending money is Zenit. Zenit earlier spent big money on Hulk and Alex Witsel adding to a squad that has Danny, Alexander Kerzhakov and Bruno Alves. If Zenit where happy to spend the money they spent on Hulk and his wages, then I don’t see why they don’t try and sign Sneijder.
One way or another it seems as if Sneijder time is up at Inter and one club in Europe is going to be getting an exciting, talented playmaker. Will it be this January? We shall have to wait and see, maybe on Transfer Deadline Day.