Rumours are surfacing in Italy that Inter Milan’s Dutch star Wesley Sneijder could be joining Inter’s city rivals in January.
Sneijder is Inter’s highest paid player and Inter have told him to take a pay cut or sit in the stands.
Last week Inter’s technical director Marco Branca said that the Nerazzurri are in discussions with Sneijder over a new deal and that Sneijder will be left out of the team until he accepts the new contract put on the table.
“We’ll give him and his entourage time to consider our proposal,” the technical director said. “Wesley is part of Inter’s history but the club and the coach agree that the player won’t be brought back into the team until he is settled.”
Over the summer Inter shredded their payroll, letting go of veterans like Lucio, Diego Forlan, Julio Cesar, and Douglas Maicon. But they want to lower that payroll even more to get in line with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.
I would be shocked if Sneijder took the pay cut, which means that he will be sold in January. The big question is where will he go?
In the past Sneijder has been linked with moves to Man City and Man United, but I cannot see that happening. His form over the last two years does not justify his high wages and both clubs have moved on and filled the hole that Sneijder would have taken with other pages. Chelsea don’t need him and know other Premier League side can afford his wages.
Russian side Anzhi have a standing offer on the table, but Sneijder and his wife reportedly do not want to live in Moscow.
So that leaves cross-town rivals AC Milan as the most likely destination. Sneijder loves living in Milan, and by moving to the Rossoneri, Milan would be able to revert to playing a 4-3-1-2 system that AC Milan President Berlusconi prefers.
The big question is whether AC Milan, who have their own financial problems can come up with a financial package that is attractive to Sneijder. If they can, then I expect to see Wesley Sneijder in red next year.