Wesley Sneijder has been one of the most coveted attacking midfielders of his generation. And that means he is surely one of the most wanted players in Europe, with an array of skills that make him a perfect fit at any top club.
Sneijder can cut through defences with his accurate passes, take a stinging long shot, dictate play from midfield and take some fine freekicks. His creativity, range of passing and movement have been proven at the highest level — especially in the last five years.
In the 2010-11 season, Sneijder scored 11 goals and made 15 assists and in 2009-10, he had 16 goals and 17 assists for Inter Milan — two seasons which were a complete contrast from his days at Real Madrid.
Squeeze in a good World Cup in there and Sneijder was suddenly the no.10 every club wanted.
He was virtually untouchable.
Now however, we find him sitting out games because of stalled contract talks at Inter Milan, amid rumours that he may also be allowed to go on a free transfer after termination of contract and mutual consent. He is contracted until the end of June 2015 but his wage demand of six million Euros a year is probably too much for Inter — a club who haven't been the same since Jose Mourinho's departure.
If any club wants to snap up the 28-year-old attacking midfielder, now is the time.
Season before last, Manchester United were in hot pursuit of the Dutchman, a player Alex Ferguson could really do with. But the asking price and his wage demands meant the move never happened. Sneijder himself admitted to 'talks' between him and the Red Devils, but that was it.
Even today, he could fit anywhere. A Chelsea could really do with him and Arsenal, even if it's only a dream, would embrace the player in a jiffy. He may not fit in Manchester City's playing XI straight away, but he'd certainly fit in their wage structure.
He may not prefer going to Paris Saint-Germain, a club flush with too many stars or to another Italian club. Spain is not a destination with Madrid already utilising the dazzling Mesut Ozil and Luka Modric in the hole. Bayern Munich, however, could be a possible destination but the Bavarians seldom break the bank for a particular player.
No player in his prime would like to sit out matches because the club have decided he needs to sign a contract to play. Sneijder will be desperate to keep his place in a talented Dutch squad and for that, he needs to play at the top level.
Even though Man United are favourites to sign him, this January will most likely see a tug-of-war between clubs to sign Sneijder.