Sneijder plays down 9.5m move to Liverpool as Inter Milan midfielder eyes January exit
14:31 GMT, 31 December 2012
Unsettled Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has moved to dampen speculation linking him with a January move to Liverpool.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Sunday that the Reds had made a 9.5million offer for the Dutchman.
Sneijder has been left feeling isolated at the San Siro after snubbing a suggested annual pay cut of 1.6million and then being dropped from the first-team.
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But he denied there was any foundation in the story linking him to an Anfield switch when asked about it on Monday, telling a press conference: ‘Again, no truth’.
The 28-year old – who has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham – reacted furiously to Inter’s proposed salary cut and demanded a move, putting the pressure on the Serie A outfit to sell him for close to the same 15million euro fee they paid Real Madrid in 2009.
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‘Clearly it’s best for everyone concerned that in January I am transferred,’ he said defiantly. ‘If that doesn’t happen then I will stay. I have a contract with Inter until 2015.’
Manager Andrea Stramaccioni has since dropped Sneijder from the squad over the bitter dispute.
His wage bill is currently 200,000 per week and Inter will be relieved to offload the financial burden. Liverpool’s coffers, however, are unlikely to be able to stretch to such levels.
Talk of a move to Spurs for the Holland international cooled when his agent told Dutch paper Algemeen Dagblad:
‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing true about that.’
United are also thought to be weighing up a January bid for the former Ajax man.