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Sneijder transfer saga twists towards Turkey

Galatasaray keen on Sneijder deal. (©GettyImages)
Galatasaray keen on Sneijder deal. (©GettyImages).

Galatasaray have confirmed that they are in negotiations to bring Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder to Turkey.

The Inter Milan star has been heavily linked with a move away from Italy during the January transfer window, with a wage dispute set to end the 28-year-old’s stay at the San Siro.

And, after dinner with Massimo Moratti, Gala president Unal Aysal claimed ‘positive progress’ had been made in negotiations over Sneijder.

“The Wesley Sneijder topic was also on the table. I can say we made positive progress on the prospect of signing Sneijder,” he told GSTV, according to The Daily Mail.

“I suppose it will be clear in a few days. We will negotiate the terms and hopefully get a discount on Sneijder's fee. If they will agree on our offer financially then this move will be finalised.”

A host of Premier League clubs have all been linked with a move for the player, with Manchester United again mentioned as a prefered destination. Sir Alex Ferguson came close to bringing Sneijder to Old Trafford in 2010, before pay demands put pay to a move.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with a move, and reportedly joined the chase for the 90-cap international back in December.

However, Andre Villas-Boas did try to play down speculation linking Sneijder with a move to White Hart Lane at the end of the month, saying there was ‘no truth’ in the rumours linking the player to Spurs.

Chelsea were also linked with a move for the player in the opening days of the transfer window, but interim manager Rafa Benitez rejected the chance to bring the player to Stamford Bridge because of his £200,000-a-week wages.

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