There’s a distinct sense of deja vu emanating from this week’s transfer gossip columns, with some recent whispers wheeled out for the umpteenth time due to a dearth of actual ‘news’, but there is one rehash that should be taken more seriously than you might think.
Galatasaray and Netherlands stalwart Wesley Sneijder is being linked with Manchester United (not for the first time) and Chelsea, having thrived under coaches Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho for his country and Inter in the past. He’s 5/2 to switch to a Premier League club in January.
It would be all too easy to dismiss this rumour out of hand; Sneijder is perceived to be past his best and in a state of Turkish league semi-retirement in Istanbul, although the facts don’t bear such thinking out.
As is clear from the stats above, no player has contributed more than Sneijder to third-place Gala’s Super Lig campaign so far this term, and the 30-year-old also tops the pile for shots per game domestically, with 35 struck in ten fixtures since Cesare Prandelli took charge.
He played pretty well at the World Cup for the eventual Bronze medallists too under Van Gaal’s watchful eye, chipping in with a goal and an assist over his six starts, and only missing the third-place playoff match with Brazil.
Sneijder also smashed the woodwork twice against Costa Rica in the quarter finals.
This latest round of rumours seem to have stemmed from a possible change in Turkish tax laws, prompting the player’s agent to speculate on Sneijder’s Turk-Telecom Arena future.
The Daily Express quote Guido Albers recent comments to Turkish television station Bugun TV:
“Today, we plan on talking to the club to get their thoughts on the future of Wesley. I do not know why he is not playing.
“He wants to stay, but nobody likes to be on the bench so we will see…”
Considering Sneijder has started 13 of his side’s 15 matches this season, with the two he has been benched for coming prior to Champions League away games, this has to be taken with a sizeable serving of salt, but Man Utd and Chelsea will be aware of his pleasing form nonetheless.