Wesley Sneijder joins Galatasary for 8.3m

Sneijder finally leaves Inter… but Gerrard won't like that he's gone to Turkey, not Liverpool

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

21:29 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 20 January 2013

Galatasaray have agreed a deal to sign Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan, the Turkish club have confirmed.

On Goals on Sunday Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said he would like to see Sneijder arrive at Anfield, but it appears his appeal was too late.

The 28-year-old has been locked in contract talks with Galatasaray since Inter accepted an 8.3 million bid for his services two weeks ago, and has put pen to paper on a deal believed to be worth 120,000-per-week.

Inter exit: Wesley Sneijder (pictured) who has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool has joined Turkish club Galatasaray

Inter exit: Wesley Sneijder (pictured) who has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool has joined Turkish club Galatasaray

A statement on galatasaray.org read: 'The transfer of Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan has been agreed.

'The conditions of the deal will be made public and the player will sign the contract after health checks.'

Gerrard said: 'He's a top player we've seen at every major tournament, he delivers.

'He's done it in the Champions League for years.

'But we have to see on his wages, the man I think gets paid very well. He'll have all kinds of options, I'm sure.

'But I'd like nothing more than to see him in a red shirt. I think he'd be a fantastic player for Liverpool Football Club.'

A short conversation between Inter president Massimo Moratti and Sneijder was released on the Serie A club's website earlier this evening, in which both parties revealed the Dutch international was close to calling time on a successful spell at the San Siro.

Reports in Italy and Holland suggested Sneijder and his agent Soren Lerby met with Galatasaray director Lutfi Arigogan in a Milan hotel this evening to finalise the details of a three-and-a-half year contract.

Talent: Sneijder won the Champions League, was a World Cup finalist and made it into both the UEFA and FIFA teams of the year in 2010

Talent: Sneijder won the Champions League, was a World Cup finalist and made it into both the UEFA and FIFA teams of the year in 2010

Sneijder has not featured for the Nerazzurri since a 2-0 victory at Chievo in September after publicly refusing to take a two million euro pay cut on a contract that ran until June 2015.

Head coach Andrea Stramaccioni maintained the playmaker's absence from the first team was solely a tactical decision, despite Inter's clear difficulty in keeping pace with league leaders Juventus through an injury crisis.

This week saw Moratti urge Sneijder to make a 'professional' decision over his future in Milan, where he won the treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010. The pair cleared the air before Sneijder headed for decisive talks with representatives of the Super Lig leaders.