Wesley Sneijder has been linked with Manchester United in the past few days, and not for the first time. The Dutchman has continuously been linked with Manchester United for the best part of two seasons but each time the move was apparently close to completion something cropped up an prevented it from being finalized.
That the transfer rumour has started circulating outside of the transfer window this time suggests there might be more substance to it than usual. Nobody is expecting the transfer to be completed within the next few weeks and there are no time restraints or deadlines either forcing the transfer to be rushed or preventing it from being sealed. Put otherwise, time is in favour of the deal happening. Manchester United and Internazionale Milan, Wesley Sneijder’s current club, have several months to piece together the technicalities and finances involved in the deal, whilst the player and his prospective new employers each have several months to smoothe out any contract issues and come to a fair agreement that suits both parties.
It is known that Internazionale Milan are keen on offloading some of their bigger players, to reduce their wage bill, like Thiago Motta, recently sold to PSG in France, and Samuel Etoo, sold last season to an upstart club in Russia. Maicon and Julio Cesar, the Brazilian right back and goalkeeper, respectively, have also been linked with big money moves away from the San Siro in recent times but it is widely accepted that it is Wesley Sneijder who would command the biggest transfer fee and help the Italian club alleviate some of their financial issues.
Internazionale Milan’s owner, Massimo Moratti, is keen to reduce the wage bill at the club in order to comply with the soon to be enforced UEFA financial fair play regulations which stipulate that any club competing in major European competition needs to balance its books. It is not immediately necessary for a club to remove it’s debts or undertake any new ones but it is required of the clubs to not go overboard on their debts by a certain percentage. Basically, clubs will have to reduce their outgoings and stop recording year on year losses. Internazionale Milan can only hope to do this by dramatically improving turnover, a scenario that seems unlikely in the current economic climate (even worse in Italy), or by reducing outgoings. Internazionale Milan are choosing the second alternative, reducing spending, and selling Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United will most definitely help them reach their financial targets.