Inter Milan have had an appalling season and currently find themselves seventh in Serie A. The feeling around the club has improved since they promoted Andrea Stramaccioni from youth team coach. A young coach he seems full of enthusiasm and, even if replaced in the summer, he’s brought a bit of optimism back to the club.
Inter need to rebuild this summer and the elephant in the room during all of this is Wesley Sneijder. He’s one of the best paid players in world football and when he’s on top form then it’s easy to see why but he hasn’t reached that level for some time and niggling injuries have meant he’s struggled to even get on the pitch.
Every manager since Mourinho has found it hard to get the most out of him and run a system which benefits the team as well as the Dutchman. The perfect scenario for Inter Milan would have been for Manchester United to buy the player last summer, however Sneijder didn’t seem to be busting a gut to make the move and when you add that to the cost then it’s understandable that United didn’t move heaven and earth to sign him.
Using hindsight as a guide then that was a great decision by the Manchester club, dodging a very expensive bullet. Inter tried to reignite interest in the player in January and brought the price down to around £20m – £25 for those interested – about £10m less than what Manchester United were widely reported to have been quoted.
There were still no serious takers and the player still wasn’t quite getting the hint. Sneijder is again unavailable due to injury and hasn’t represented Inter Milan since mid March. Calciomercato have reported that Zenit St Petersburg want to take him to Russia this summer. Zenit would be happy to pay what the Italian club want and would probably be willing to meet his wage demands.
Calciomercato say Sneijder dismissed the interest in January but if Inter want to sell and there’s not a lot of other offers on the table then he may find it his best route. If a deal isn’t agreed before Euro 2012 and he impresses then no doubt he’ll have a queue of clubs interested again, but that’s a risk given his form this season.
There’s always the possibility Manchester United could get involved again and with the price tumbling and Sneijder’s options shrinking, it could be that they take the player for a much lower cost then they ever thought likely.
If the Premier League leaders were to move for him again then they wouldn’t have to match Zenit’s offer to either Inter Milan or the player. Being in the Premier League would increase Sneijder’s commercial value and open up opportunities for his wife Yolanthe. Inter Milan seem increasingly keen to sell and if United went back in, which is a long shot, then surely Sneijder would push for that option over moving to the Russian league.