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High season on transfer speculation; let’s start with Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder

Jan 1, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

Inter Milan's Sneijder reacts during the Serie A soccer match against Siena at San Siro stadium in Milan

January is here, and that means the transfer speculation and scuttlebutt that was on low simmer through the last weeks of 2012 will now be on full boil for the first month of 2013.

For no real reason, a great place to start is Wesley Sniejder, who has been cast down to “forgotten man” status around Inter Milan.

The Dutch international is under contract for Inter through 2015, but he wants a move and certainly needs one, having been dropped from the first team at the San Siro. None of this is a secret, of course.

What the Dutch playmaker said Monday:

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.”

In the same press conference, Sneijder denied reports linking him to any imminent move to Liverpool. “Again, no truth,” he said.  On Sunday, Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Liverpool had offered about $15 million for Sneijder.

Of course, denials from the Dutchman won’t stop anyone from maintaining speculation. There has also been talk of a move to Tottenham, although Sneijder’s Dutch agent has moved to quash that one, too.

Remember, too, this was a man sought not so long ago by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Who wouldn’t want a player of Sneijder’s quality – especially if he can be had somehow at “quick sale” price?

  1. dfstell - Jan 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Can’t imagine him going to Manchester United. Don’t he and RVP loathe each other?

    • Steve Davis - Jan 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Yeah, I think that horse is way out of the barn. Just pointing out that even the tippy top clubs in Europe have shown interest in the guy. (But thanks for reminding me of the rivalry of those two.)

  2. tihomirg24 - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Good riddance. As a lifelong Inter fan, I’d like to see him leave.

    He was amazing during the treble-winning season of 09-10, one of the top 5 players in Europe…but in the 2 and a half years since, he’s done nothing except injure himself, play a handful of games with no impact and then injure himself again. I know it’s not his fault but when you go from amazing to less than average for almost 3 years, you should know that you won’t be treated like the superstar you once were and be the highest earner in Italy for no reason.

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