Serie A - Inter boss wants Sneijder stay as English clubs circle

Internazionale coach Andrea Stramaccioni is still holding out hope that Wesley Sneijder will play for the club again but a move to the Premier League looks the most obvious choice for the talented Dutch playmaker.

Reuters
World Football - Galatasaray announce Sneijder coup
.

View photo

Wesley Sneijder

Sneijder, inspirational as Inter won the Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup in 2010 under Jose Mourinho, has been dropped by the club for refusing to renegotiate his lucrative contract with purse strings being tightened at the San Siro.

A sale in the January transfer window therefore looks likely with reports saying the 28-year-old could be allowed to leave for as little as £8 million .

Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with Sneijder in the media while Manchester United were previous admirers of a player who operates best behind the strikers and is notoriously difficult for Serie A defenders to pick up.

Players with a knack of finding that killer pass have thrived in the newly-cosmopolitan English top flight with Spaniards David Silva, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla all excelling for Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Sneijder is in that class, proving his worth again when helping the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, even if he has gone off the boil a little in the last two seasons having possibly stayed at a faltering Inter too long.

The contract wrangle might suggest he has outstayed his welcome but Stramaccioni is still leaving the door open for a return to the fourth-placed Serie A side.

"With regards to Sneijder, he knows that when a player is deserving I give him everything, if the opposite is true he stays out of the group," the coach told Italian TV on Friday.

"I am sure Wesley will make me believe again, a shirt is ready for him."

United looks a less likely destination than it did a year and a half ago when Alex Ferguson was crying out for a playmaker in the middle of the park following Paul Scholes' retirement.

Reports said a disagreement over Sneijder's hefty wages curtailed a deal and Scholes has since returned to the fold while young Tom Cleverley is improving and Shinji Kagawa made a promising start to life in the Premier League before injury.

A seven-point lead at the top at the halfway mark shows little needs fixing, in attack at least, at United.

Second-placed City have never been mentioned as suitors but Tottenham, in fourth, makes more sense as a destination despite Belgium's incisive Moussa Dembele signing from Fulham in August.

Dembele was bought as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Luka Modric but said earlier this month that he was a "totally different player".

"He had different qualities and I have different qualities as well so I don't feel I have to do exactly what he did, I do my own game," Dembele said.

The Belgian has yet to be a big hit for Andre Villas-Boas' charges and with Spurs light up front with only Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey on the books, Sneijder's arrival would increase their attacking options.

Sneijder will have heard all about Spurs from Netherlands team mate Rafael van der Vaart, who returned to Hamburg in the last transfer window after two decent years at White Hart Lane.

However, Van der Vaart's failure to really impose himself at Spurs could lead Sneijder to think again, although other English destinations look less obvious despite Dutch players normally settling well in the Premier League.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been criticised like never before by his own fans for the other north London side's struggles this term and signings are likely next month.

However, with Cazorla putting in some mesmeric performances in the "hole" and Jack Wilshere impressing after a long spell out with injury, Arsenal are unlikely to upset their wage hierarchy by aiming for Sneijder - especially as Wenger seems set on a new ploy of promoting fresh English talent.

Third-placed Chelsea boast Mata, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Oscar while Liverpool languishing in 10th in the league may not appeal to the former Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam man despite their five European Cups and vivid history.

Fifth-placed city rivals Everton do not have a wealth of funds but for a bargain eight million, Sneijder could light up a first stint in England with his ability to play perfect first-time passes in one of the world's fastest leagues.

View comments (15)
Write for Yahoo Sport
  • Bell steers England to victory, hosts take 2-1 Ashes lead

    Bell steers England to victory, hosts take 2-1 Ashes lead

    Ian Bell guided England to an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the third test at Edgbaston on Friday to put the hosts 2-1 up in the series with two matches to play. Bell (65 not out) and Joe Root, with an unbeaten 38, anchored the chase after England were set to 121 to win on the third day at Edgbaston where a dominant performance banished memories of a heavy defeat at Lord's. England lost Alastair Cook (7) and Adam Lyth (12) to set a few nerves on edge but Bell, dropped on 20 by Australia captain Michael Clarke, made his second 50 of the match to spark raucous celebrations after Root hit the winning runs. More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Lambert leaves Liverpool to join West Brom

    Lambert leaves Liverpool to join West Brom

    Liverpool offload Rickie Lambert after just one unproductive season at Anfield More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Serie A - Confusion as Stevan Jovetic joins Inter

    Serie A - Confusion as Stevan Jovetic joins Inter

    Inter Milan have signed Stevan Jovetic from Manchester City, although there were conflicting reports as to whether it was a loan or permanent switch. More »

    Eurosport - 5 hours ago
  • Can we ever trust Fifa again? Football writer Jonathan Wilson and Copa90's Eli Mengem investigate

    Can we ever trust Fifa again? Football writer Jonathan Wilson and Copa90's Eli Mengem investigate

    Can we ever trust Fifa again? Who replaces Sepp Blatter? These key questions and more are answered on this week's episode of The Rail, as Spencer is joined by football writer Jonathan Wilson and Copa90's Eli Mengem. More »

    Copa90 - 5 hours ago
  • No snow no problem as China's financial might lands 2022 Games

    No snow no problem as China's financial might lands 2022 Games

    The snow will be fake, but the very real financial muscle China boasts proved decisive on Friday when Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Games officials meeting in Kuala Lumpur voted for the Chinese capital over the lure of a winter wonderland offering from Kazakhstan's Almaty, in a clear sign that the International Olympic Committee is craving solidity and security after a series of problems and headaches. While Rio scrambles to make up lost time in its building for the 2016 Olympics, and Tokyo is embroiled in a stadium drama the allure of a megacity with a cast-iron financial guarantee proved irresistible. More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago