Arsenal have been looking for a dynamic midfielder, and they have been alerted to the availability of Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan. The 28-year old captain of Holland has fallen out with his bosses at the Serie A club, who want him to take a pay cut on his current contract which lasts until 2015. The Dutchman has refused, so has been dropped from the side, having made just three league appearances all season.
“Clearly it’s best for everyone concerned that in January I am transferred. If that doesn’t happen then I’ll stay. I have a contract until 2015.”
Reports emerged last week that Liverpool had made an offer of around £10 million for the midfielder, but Sneijder himself quickly moved to deny that there was any truth to them. Inter are so keen to get the player off the wage bill that they are considering letting him go for nothing, according to the Daily Mail. They paid Real Madrid around £24 million for him just over two years ago.
Agents of the player have been trying to find him a big club in the Premier league, and he would make a good addition to the Arsenal side, but it is not going to happen. Arsenal have a strict wage policy, and Sneijder is demanding about double the wages that the top players currently get at the Emirates. Unless the Dutch international decides to accept a lot less in order to play regularly, then he will never be a Gunner. As he has refused to do that with his current club, it is highly unlikely he will do that with another.