Wesley Sneijder's demands should not scupper Southampton move

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Wesley Sneijder is currently being linked with a move to Southampton, but manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that the club cannot afford to pay his extortionate wages.

And the Dutchman, who is reportedly free to leave Galatasaray when the transfer window reopens in the New Year, must beware pricing possible suitors out of any potential move.

His wage demands have for too long scuppered his chances of playing for some of the best teams around the globe, and his honours list would be even more enhanced had he prioritised football over finances in the past.

Stunning player

When in his prime, Sneijder stood out as the best central midfielder in the world and was unlucky not to win the Ballon d'Or in 2010 after thriving at Inter Milan. 

He helped Jose Mourinho's side win an unprecedented treble, and was voted Man of the Match in the Champions League final victory over Louis Van Gaal's Bayern Munich despite Diego Milito scoring twice. 

The 30-year-old also propelled the Netherlands to the World Cup final, but he was unlucky to miss out on the game's major prize as Andres Iniesta's goal deep into extra-time delivered the trophy to Spanish shores. 

United saga

After it became apparent that the Dutchman wanted out of Inter following Mourinho's exit to Real Madrid, he became increasingly linked with a move to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. 

So persistent were the rumours that they dominated the back pages on a nearly daily basis, but the Scot was unwilling to match his wage demands and was forced to deny reports that he had told Sneijder to accept their proposal or forget about a move to Old Trafford. 

His wage demands were rumoured to be around £200,000 a week, and Ferguson ultimately refused to raise his offer and instead looked to Tom Cleverley and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Scholes' retirement. 

He was also linked with a move to Chelsea and Arsenal in January last year, but ultimately signed for Galatasaray after the Turkish giants reached a financial agreement with the midfielder. 

Sneijder the Saint?

Sneijder is past his prime but would still be a great signing for Koeman given his many years of experience of playing at the highest level.

His arrival could also boost the rest of the squad after recent troubles in the Premier League, and may be enough to swing the pendulum their way in their race for European football. 

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