Wesley Sneijder was one of the standout performers of 2010, prompting a wave of interest from Europe’s top clubs, which then prompted a £200,000 per week contract offer from Inter Milan. However, that contract could force him out of the club.
Inter are in the midst of a raft of cost-cutting measures and are freezing out the Dutch star until he takes a wage cut. That has alerted those top European clubs again who could be willing to take a risk on Sneijder’s huge wages.
Man United were heavily linked with the 28-year-old for the last three transfer windows, but his astronomical wages stopped Sir Alex in his tracks.
The Red Devils have been tipped to renew their interest again, but I really can’t see Sir Alex breaking his wage structure for Sneijder. There’s no doubt that the Dutchman would improve United’s team from an attacking sense. The likes of Carrick, Scholes and Fletcher are all supremely talented but lack that pace and attacking flair that Sneijder would offer.
Having said that, Wayne Rooney has been playing that role this season and has been playing it to some acclaim, so I wouldn’t have thought that Sneijder is quite as vital as he would have been a year ago.
Even if Rooney was injured or unavailable, Shinji Kagawa has played very well when given the chance and a £200,000 per week replacement would represent something of an extravagance.
Should Sir Alex decide that Sneijder was not a necessary addition to an already packed midfield, what are the Dutchman’s options?
The obvious destination would be PSG. The big-spending French club are one of the few teams in the big five leagues that could afford Sneijder’s wages and offer him the level of football he requires. I don’t reckon that Barcelona or Real Madrid will be in the market for him and Bayern Munich wouldn’t break the bank to bring him to Germany.
Whenever talking about big name players on big wages, you can never discount Man City, but I assume that with David Silva, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri in their squad, even Sheikh mansour might think twice before getting his cheque-book out.
Russia, the Middle East or the USA are also potential destinations with their huge wage budgets but I’d be very disappointed if Sneijder did an Eto’o and chase the money far too early in his career.
Hopefully he will be a sensible boy and take that wage cut. After all, if you are earning £150,000 per week, what exactly could you do with that extra £50,000? Be a good chap Wesley, take the cut and just cut down in the gold plated Ferraris for a week or two. Deal?