Sportmediaset is reporting that big spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala have made a €25 million bid for Wesley Sneijder and are believed to be ready to offer him a €155,000-a-week pay check.
Sneijder, who has struggled with both his form and staying fitness this season, said he was happy playing at Inter, but earlier this week left the door open for anything.
He was quoted as saying: “I always look at what can happen, do not close the door to anyone. I’m happy at Inter but we’ll see.”
The Russian transfer window does not close until February 24, so we will have more to go on this story in the coming weeks.
Anzhi Makhachkala and Inter already have a business relationship as Inter sold Samuel Eto’o to Anzhi during the summer transfer window for a reported €28 million. Anzhi are paying Eto’o a reported €20m-a-year salary, which is more than double the proposed salary for Sneijder. My feeling is that Anzhi will have to bring Sneijders salary closer to that of Eto’o if this deal is to go through.
If the story from Sportmediaset is true, I think that Inter will have a difficult time turning down €25 million for a player that doesn’t really fit into Ranieri’s scheme. In addition, Inter need to continue to rebuild and get younger and the €25 million will allow the club to add two or three good young players to the squad.
Plus Sniejder has not been the same player since the 2010 World Cup. Since coming back from South Africa, he has been a lot more injury prone than he was before.
Would you accept €25 million for Wesley Sneijder?