LIVERPOOL Football Club are poised to make a move for Dutch International midfielder, Wesley Sneijder – but only if he agrees to take a significant pay cut. According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers is a great admirer of the former World Cup finalist and would love the chance to bring him to Anfield.
Sneijder, who’s certain to leave current club Inter Milan during the January window, has been stalling on accepting an offer from Turkish giants Galatasaray as he is reportedly much keener on a move to the Premier League.
Although Liverpool haven’t made an official bid yet, the Echo reports that the player’s representatives are well aware of the Reds’ interest.
The article goes on to say that Sneijder’s current wage at Inter works out at around £200k per week and that the Reds are not prepared to offer the former Champions’ League winner anywhere close to that figure; however if Sneijder were to agree to a sizeable pay cut then a deal could be struck.
Inter have accepted a bid of £6.3m for Sneijder from Galatasaray, with the Turkish club offering the Dutchman a weekly wage of around £100k per week. Sneijder, however, has been dragging his feet on the move and is in no rush to make a decision on his future.
“I am considering my options,” he said.
“It’s not a question of money. I have time to decide what to do and where to go before January 31.”
To bring Sneijder to Anfield would be a step away from the policy of signing young talent, which the Reds have sought to employ under FSG but, with club captain Steven Gerrard recently speaking out about the need to add experience as well as youth in order to ensure balance in the squad, perhaps now is the time for FSG and the club’s hierarchy to demonstrate this policy’s purported flexibility.
The move could be a perfect fit for both parties; Liverpool need to add experience and an attacking threat from midfield, a world class player like Sneijder brings these qualities.
Sneijder needs somewhere to kick start his career and re-establish himself as an automatic starter for Holland, a club with the stature of Liverpool may be just the platform on which to achieve that. Let’s hope so.
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