Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a major coup in the form of Dutch international Wesley Sneijder.
January transfer window is not the time for big name signings – historically – but this time around it was all but certain that Wesley Sneijder will look for a move away from San Siro.
The Dutch international, who not so long time ago was considered to be the favourite to the win the Ballon D’Or after a treble winning season with Inter and a sparkling World Cup with his national team, might have made his last appearance for the Italian club.
Sneijder has made only five appearances this season for Inter and his last outing came in September in a match against Chievo. Although Inter manager Andrea Stramaccioni has stated that dropping Sneijder was a footballing decision (Arsenal fans can relate to this), it has been reported that the club has asked to player to take a pay-cut in order to continue playing for them.
However, expectedly, Sneijder has refused such hefty reduction in his current wage and it is all but certain that the 28-year-old will look for a new club in January. This was confirmed by his wife few days back in an interview to a Dutch newspaper.
The Dutchman was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United last summer, but Inter’s high transfer fee demands ensured that any deal failed to materialise. Now, Tottenham Hotspur appear to be the front-runner to sign the midfielder. In fact media reports suggest that Sneijder has already agreed personal terms with the London club and Inter have agreed to let go of him for a transfer fee believed to be around £12 million – which less than half of what Inter demanded from United in the summer.
If these reports are true, then Tottenham Hotspur could possibly be on the verge of unveiling their biggest signing since Jurgen Klinsmann. At just £12 million, Sneijder is a major coup. However, there are worries about how Spurs can accommodate the Dutchman’s high salary, which is believed to be around £150,000-per-week currently.
Tottenham Hotspur were in search of a creative midfielder, since the departure of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart in the summer. Spurs subsequently failed to land Joao Moutinho on the deadline day after Porto increased their demands in the last minute. It is believed that Moutinho was AVB’s first preference, but Chairman Daniel Levy has been irked by Porto’s demands and wanted to look elsewhere.
It will be interesting to see how AVB uses the likes of Dembele, Sandro, Dempsey, Sigurdsson and Parker in the midfield if the Dutchman arrives. But Wesley Sneijder, if his deal goes through, has capability of lighting up White Hart Lane and the Premier League. These are exciting times for Spurs fans.