Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2013

Chelsea and Spurs battle it out for Dutch star

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are set to do battle over Wesley Sneijder.

The £12.75m rated player moved to Turkish side Galatasaray in the January transfer window from Inter Milan, but has since struggled to replicate the form that saw him score five goals in the 2010 World Cup.

His side have said that should they receive the right offer for him, they might consider selling the Dutchman.

Good Relationship

The Express reported that Galatasaray president Unal Aysal 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.”

Chelsea may have the upper hand when it comes to bringing the player in – due to his good relationship that he had with manager Jose Mourinho when they were both at Inter.

“I have a great relationship with Jose Mourinho,” said the former Holland captain.  “We have kept in contact since our days at Inter Milan.”

Regular football required

However, he also chose to keep his cards close to his chest, saying: “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,”

Comments that seem to indicate he would prefer regular first team football over joining a club because of personal reasons.

However Tottenham are in need of a playemaker since they sold Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart, and Sneijder would fit the bill perfectly.

While Holland manager Louis van Gaal would prefer to see his star player in the Premiership.

“It would be much easier for me to keep an eye on his progress if he were to make the move to Chelsea,” he said.

“I could be at Chelsea within an hour from the Netherlands and Mourinho is a friend of me.”

The Ajax academy product has made 12 appearances for Galatasaray, scoring three times.


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