Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal would be pleased to see Wesley Sneijder leave Galatasaray for Chelsea in the summer transfer window, claiming it would make it easier for him to keep tabs on the performances of the Dutch midfielder.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Sneijder before the transfer deadline in September following the appointment of Jose Mourinho, with the pair having worked together at Inter.

Sneijder only joined Galatasaray in the January transfer window but Unal Aysal, president of the Turkish giants, claims they would consider selling the 29-year-old if Chelsea made bid in the region of €15 million.

The former Real Madrid playmaker has come under criticism for his national coach of late, with Van Gaal having stripped Sneijder of the Netherlands captaincy and publicly criticised the player's fitness.

Van Gaal does, though, believe that a transfer to Chelsea may be the best outcome for Sneijder, and says he will be able to keep a far closer eye on the progress of playmaker were he to move to Stamford Bridge.

"Sneijder to Chelsea is just a rumour at the moment," Van Gaal told Algemeen Dagblad.

"But it would be much easier for me to keep an eye on his progress if he were to make the move to Chelsea. 

"I could be at Chelsea within an hour from Netherlands and Mourinho is a friend of mine."

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