If Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder does return to Serie A with AC Milan it would be a transfer that reeks of disloyalty.
The Galatasaray midfielder, who has also been linked with a move to Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United, is set to seal a loan move in the New Year after becoming disillusioned with life in Turkey.
However after plying his trade with rivals Inter Milan between the years of 2009 and 2013, Sneijder should think twice before signing on with Filippo Inzaghi’s side in order to keep the bond he had built with Inter fans during his first spell at the San Siro.
Inter hero risking star status
After being deemed surplus to requirements by Real Madrid following the big money transfers of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso, Jose Mourinho took full advantage and took the midfielder to Inter back in the summer of 2009.
As the Spanish giants struggled in the shadow of Pep Guardiola’s mesmerising Barcelona machine, Sneijder thrived in the new environment and immediately made an impression by helping Mourinho to win an unprecedented treble in just the Portuguese’s second season at the club.
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Treble win is Dutch star's crowning glory
The league title and Coppa Italia were both emphatically retained, but the glory in the Champions League was the highlight as they produced a performance of resilience and discipline to overcome Barcelona in the semi-finals before easing past Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich in the final.
Rafael Benitez was drafted in once Mourinho left for Madrid, but despite having a turbulent spell was still able to guide them to the Club World Cup in a triumph that saw them crowned champions of the world.
As various managers came and gone Sneijder’s position at the club became precarious, and he left for Turkey in January 2013 after failing to budge on his wage demands.
Galatasary struggles will likely result in transfer
Sneijder’s move at the time was bemusing, for at the peak of his powers he would have been a shrewd acquisition anywhere in the world.
He was shortly joined by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, but the Ivorian’s return to Stamford Bridge last summer has left the Dutchman as the sole superstar as the club.
And now, after being at the club for less than two years, Sneijder is in line for a shock return to the nation and stadium where he thrived the most.
Milan mission not worth the trouble
Milan have started the season steadily enough under Inzaghi but are in need of more reinforcements if they are to secure a quick return to Europe’s top-tier competition this season.
Inter are currently trailing their fierce rivals but will hope the return of Roberto Mancini will stop their current malaise and see them leapfrog their rivals again.
Sneijder moving to Milan would be a huge slap in the face for the Inter fans that for four years loved and adored him unconditionally.
It would also provide added spice when the sides meet in the derby next year.