EXCLUSIVE: United, City, Spurs and Chelsea on alert as Turkey-bound Sneijder wants big guns to hijack Galatasaray move
12:59 GMT, 10 January 2013
14:09 GMT, 10 January 2013
Wesley Sneijder is pining for a last-minute switch to England and has asked his advisers to make one final attempt to plot a move to a top Premier League club.
Despite being on the brink of a transfer to Galatasaray, the Inter Milan midfielder has made it clear to his agent that his preference remains a move to the English game.
Sneijder's representatives have been in talks with Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea but they all turned down the player because of his high wage demands.
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He currently earns nearly 9million a year at the San Siro and has always refused to take a significant pay cut. But if a last-minute move to England can be resurrected, it would require the unsettled Holland star to finally lower his wage demands.
On Wednesday Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti confirmed an offer from Galatasaray has been accepted.
The Turkish side revealed they had entered in discussions for Sneijder, who has not played for Inter since September amid a public stand-off over a proposed pay cut to his contract.
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'Galatasaray's offer satisfies us. Now it depends on the player,' Moratti told Sky Sports on Wednesday. 'We would be happy if he decided to stay on our terms.'
Sneijder has reportedly been asked to accept a 1.6m pay cut to his annual salary with the Nerazzurri.
Inter head coach Andrea Stramaccioni has, however, maintained the the 28-year-old's continued absence from his first team is solely a tactical decision.
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A statement on the Turkish club's official website read: 'Galatasaray announces it has begun negotiations with FC Internazionale for the transfer of Wesley Sneijder.
'The public will be informed of developments.'
Sneijder joined Inter in August 2009 after winning La Liga with Real Madrid. In his first season he won the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia before reaching the World Cup final with Holland, only to lose to Spain.