Sneijder snubbed by Arsenal and Chelsea over gargantuan 200,000-a-week wage demands
08:39 GMT, 2 January 2013
09:21 GMT, 2 January 2013
Both Chelsea and Arsenal have turned down the chance to sign Wesley Sneijder – despite the Dutchman potentially being available for free.
It's the Inter Milan midfielder's massive 200,000-a-week wage demands that are proving a turn off.
Unsurprisingly, the Italian club want Sneijder, 28, off their wage bill but agents contacting Premier League clubs on Inter's behalf have failed to drum up any interest.
Snubbed! Agents have tried to drum up interest in Wesley Sneijder, but Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea are appalled by his 200,000-a-week wage demands
The Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported over the weekend that Liverpool had made a 9.5m offer for him.
But Sneijder quickly rubbished the rumour, telling a press conference: 'Again, no truth.'
Speculation: The Dutch international midfielder was linked with a 9.5m move to Liverpool over the weekend – but he personally rubbished the rumours
Sneijder, who was signed from Real Madrid for 24m in 2009, has snubbed suggestions from Inter that he take a 1.6m pay cut and has been dropped from the first team.
He said: 'Clearly it's best for everyone concerned that in January I am transferred. If that doesn't happen then I will stay. I have a contract with Inter until 2015.'