The transfer window has slammed shut and the time to talk major business has finished, but the more savvy of you football fans out there will be acutely aware that it never really truly sleeps.
That theory has been further proved by comments made by Wesley Sneijder, which have sent the rumour mill into overdrive with regards to a possible move to Chelsea in the future.
Sneijder to Chelsea?
The Dutch international was a favourite of Jose Mourinho’s during The Special One’s time in charge of Inter Milan, and has a glittering resume which also includes spells at Real Madrid and Ajax. Currently the playmaker is with Turkish giants Galatasaray, but his long-term future there remains uncertain.
Throughout the summer Sneijder was linked with several moves to the Premier League, with the most frequently mentioned a reunion with ex-Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal, who is of course now in charge of Manchester United.
Yet the switch which would have seen him finally grace English football never came to fruition, and Sneijder will stay under the management of Cesare Prandelli until at least January.
That being said his situation could change then, and the player himself stoked the fires of speculation by confirming that a move to see him work under Mourinho once more wasn’t impossible.
Sneijder said that his life was “always changing”, and that although simply talking about the transfer wouldn’t do much, a move wasn’t beyond the realms of possibility. The 30-year-old midfielder played an important role in Holland's squad during the World Cup this summer, but his fortunes on the club scene have dwindled since leaving Inter.
The hype surrounding his capabilities has somewhat quietened after his decision to move to the Turkish Super Lig, and a move back to the Premier League would definitely give his career a welcomed boost.
Elsewhere at Stamford Bridge Thibaut Courtois is set to be handed a lucrative new deal which will more than double his weekly wages, having apparently pipped the long serving Petr Cech to the No.1 jersey.
The Belgian youngster has been Mourinho’s preferred option in all of the Blues’ Premier League games this season, and is in line to be offered a contract which will run for five years and see him take home £60,000-a-week. What this means for Cech remains to be seen, as the Czech international decided not to leave Stamford Bridge on deadline day, despite the fact that QPR were interested in securing his signature.
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