Turkish delight! Thousands of Galatasaray fans mob new hero Sneijder in streets
21:29 GMT, 20 January 2013
18:10 GMT, 21 January 2013
Wesley Sneijder has been paraded around the streets of Istanbul to the delight of the huge crowds who turned out to meet him.
The midfielder was taken on a tour round the Turkish capital just hours after official confirmation of the move was announced.
Galatasaray had agreed a 8.3million deal to sign the Holland star from Inter Milan.
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What a welcome: Wesley Sneijder was greeted by a fanfare in Istanbul
Crowd scene: Sneijder's arrival at Ataturk airport was seen by a host of supporters
Barely had Sneijder touched down at Istanbul's Ataturk airport before he was mobbed by a huge throng of people who had turned out to say shout their approval.
The 28-year-old had appeared to rule out a move to Turkey but in a dramatic U-turn decided the club would be right for him.
Numerous cameras and flares went off and the police struggled to keep the crowds under control, such was the frenzied atmosphere.
Flare play: There was an air of frenzied excitement in Istanbul at Sneijder's unveiling
Mobbed: Fans climb on to Sneijder's car as he is paraded around
There was elation in Istanbul but would have been deflation on Merseyside. On Sky's Goals on Sunday programme Liverpool
captain Steven Gerrard said he would like to see Sneijder arrive at
Anfield but his appeal was too late.
Gerrard had 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.
Wanted: He was mobbed by thousands of fans as he made his way through the streets
Finished: Sneijder met up with officials from Galatasary in the capital
'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 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.'
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 Dutchman 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.
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.
Everywhere: Supporters find every place to shout their approval of Sneijder's signing
Head coach Andrea Stramaccioni maintained the playmaker's absence from the first team was solely a tactical decision, despite Inter's 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.