Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur seem to be the frontrunners in the race to sign Wesley Sneijder, with bwin going 7/2 that new Blues boss Jose Mourinho is reunited with the unsettled Galatasaray star this summer.
Sneijder joined the Turkish outfit in January but has struggled to make any sort of impact, with the club readily admitting that the former Real Madrid playmaker is up for sale at the right price.
Gala president Unal Aysal has confirmed as much when he said: “I have been following the rumours about Sneijder, but we have not received an offer for him.
“If an offer in the region of €15m (£12.75m) comes in, we might decide to sell him though.”
And that has sparked rumours that Mourinho, who has just taken charge of Chelsea for a second time, will make a move for the player he managed at Inter Milan, where together he and the Dutch international won the 2010 Champions League in a glorious treble-winning campaign for the Nerazzurri.
Sneijder himself has mooted the idea, saying: “I have a great relationship with Jose Mourinho. We have kept in contact since our days at Inter Milan. Does Chelsea need a playmaker? I’m not sure. In football you can never be certain of what will happen next but I’m very happy in Turkey.”
Even the current coach of the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal, has encouraged the move.
He said: “It would be much easier for me to keep an eye on his progress if he were to make the move to Chelsea, I could be at Chelsea within an hour from the Netherlands and Mourinho is a friend of mine.”
That series of events has made bwin price up Sneijder’s move to Stamford Bridge as a 7/2 chance, while Tottenham, who have perennially been linked with the ex-Ajax midfielder over recent times and are said to be interested this summer, are a 9/1 shot.
Manchester United, who reportedly came close to buying the player in the past, are 16/1 to make their move, while it is 18/1 and over for the Dutchman to sign for any other side.
bwin go 3/10 that Sneijder is still a Galatasaray player when the summer transfer window closes.