Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
@harunkadan Istanbul is zeker mooi! Ben er vaak geweest, hou van Turkije! Maar wat er gaat gebeuren weet ik niet schat.. X
— Yolanthe Cabau (@YolantheCabau) January 8, 2013
One of the biggest transfer sagas of January 2013 centres around Wesley Sneijder.
The Dutch playmaker, who in 2010 was regarded as one of the top players in world football, is currently in a career standstill as his future at Inter Milan has ground to a halt amid a nasty money dispute.
Sneijder, 28, has not played for Inter Milan for three months following an argument with the Nerazzurri over his refusal to reportedly take a pay cut.
On Tuesday, however, the Sneijder transfer saga took another twist. A move to White Hart Lane or Anfield now seems more distant than ever after Galatasaray have established themselves as the frontrunners for the Dutch star’s signature.
In a statement on Galatasaray’s official website, fans have been told:
Galatasaray announces it has begun negotiations with the FC Internazionale for the transfer of Wesley Sneijder. The public will be informed of developments.
The statements that Galatasaray are closing in on Wesley Sneijder are also not just coming from one direction. On Tuesday Sneijder’s wife, actress and television personality, Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau told her fans on Twitter: “Istanbul is definitely nice!Have been there many times, love Turkey!But what will happen I do not know honey ..X.”
This is far from the first time Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau has got involved in her husband’s football future, after she told Holland’s De Telegraaf back in December: “We are about to emigrate. It should happen in early January and we are looking for a nice place for our family.”
So it’s a done deal, right? Not exactly.
According to reports from the ‘Corriere dello Sport’ this Wednesday, despite the comments from his missus, Wesley Sneijder is said to be lukewarm on any move to Gala with the player prepare to continue his football hiatus to find a better employer in January or even in July.
All in all, expect to see Tottenham, Liverpool and probably some other high-profile teams linked to Sneijder before this soap opera comes to a close.
Below see QPR boss Harry Redknapp discuss how he was offered Sneijder in the January transfer window.