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Moratti happy to conclude Sneijder sale

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has expressed his happiness with the transfer of playmaker Wesley Sneijder to Galatasaray.

The Netherlands international agreed terms with the Istanbul giants on Sunday for a fee of 7.5 million euros.

Sneijder had been frozen out of the Inter first team after refusing to take a significant pay cut, effectively forcing him out the door at San Siro.

“Yes (I am happy), without a doubt. Galatasaray did everything properly, their president, their vice-president,” he was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.

“They’re very good people. I think the player is happy too, otherwise he wouldn’t have gone there.”

Moratti went on to say the potential signing of Corinthians midfielder Paulinho depends on his price tag.

“One step at a time,” he said.

“We’ve just done this (the sale of Sneijder), let’s now see what we need to do. A player like that (Paulinho), with his attributes, is always useful. But the cost does come into it.

“I don’t know (if Inter will sign new players), it depends if it’s worth it. Everything’s so expensive in Italy, so I don’t think anything will happen.”

Wesley Sneijder moved to Inter from Real Madrid in 2009 and won the Champions League with the club in his first season.

Mon 21 January, 2013
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