Chelsea will make a summer move for Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder, according to the News of the World.
The reigning Barclays Premier League champions are set for another busy transfer window come June with Sneijder topping a list of potential targets for Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti to bring to Stamford Bridge.
Goal.com reports that Chelsea’s recent foray into the transfer market is said to be fuelled by Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s burning desire to bring home the elusive Champions League trophy.
Sneijder’s contract doesn’t run out until 2015, but Chelsea appear keen to land the 26-year-old Dutch playmaker who was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United last summer.
Having played a decisive role in Inter’s treble winning side last season, as well as starring in Holland’s run to the World Cup final where they were beaten by Spain, Sneijder will more than likely command a considerable transfer fee.
However, there is no question that Chelsea have the financial power to orchestrate a deal after spending in excess of £70million on two signings alone – which saw Fernando Torres and David Luiz complete moves to Stamford Bridge in January.
Manchester United had targeted Sneijder as the ‘perfect’ long-term replacement for Paul Scholes reported the Daily Telegraph, but Sir Alex Ferguson was unprepared to part with the prohibitively expensive transfer fee that was mooted.
Internazionale owner Massimo Moratti was said to be looking for in excess of €35million, and another sticking point for the Red Devils owners is the £9million per year wages that Sneijder currently earns – they would have to offer improved terms in order to engineer a move to Old Trafford.
After being nominated for Fifa’s Ballon d’Or award for his impressive displays last season, Sneijder made an indifferent start to this campaign after suffering from exhaustion as well as a spout of anaemia.
There was hope that the Dutch international would favour a move away from Milan in search of pastures new, which leaves a potential summer bidding war between Manchester United and Chelsea a realistic possibility.
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