Monday, May 28, 2018

Sneijder set to leave San Siro; Redknapp would welcome Anelka at QPR

Inter Milan No. 10 Wesley Sneijder is set to leave the San Siro for pastures new following the Holland international’s unsuccessful contract negotiations with the club, Sky Sports understands.

The Dutchman has refused to take a significant pay-cut in recent weeks, fueling speculation that Inter will offload their out-of-favour star man when the transfer window reopens in January, while manager Andrea Stramaccioni has maintained that Sneijder’s three-month absence from the first-team is strictly a tactical decision, and not due to injury or forced upon him by the club’s executives.

Sneijder’s wife, Dutch actress and television personality Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau, told De Telegraaf the news on Friday.

“We are about to emigrate,” revealed Sneijder-Cabau.

“It should happen in early January and we are looking for a nice place for our family.”

According to reports, Sneijder is attracting interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs, including the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United as well as French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain.

The 28-year-old Holland international has only featured in eight games in all competitions for the Nerazzurri this season, netting two goals and one assist.

Second-place Inter Milan are scheduled to play host to Genoa at the weekend, with Sneijder in all likelihood relegated to the stands yet again.

Redknapp would welcome Anelka at QPR

Newly appointed Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that he would welcome Nicolas Anelka to Loftus Road with arms wide opens amid reports linking the 33-year-old Frenchman with a return to the English Premier League, Sky Sports reports.

Since taking over for Mark Hughes, Redknapp has led the Super Hoops to their longest unbeaten run of the current campaign — four games — which has surely been highlighted by their first league win of the season against Fulham last week.

The potential arrival of Anelka would improve the club’s star power and quality, and surely increase their chances of Premier League survival.

“He is a player that is of interest to anybody,” said Redknapp. “I think he is finishing in China so he is available.

“It is what you can do, whether you can afford these players, what they are looking for, whether they are reasonable, whether you can deal with them and most importantly whether you think they can do the job you want.

“He is a top player so he is a player we would be interested in, but whether we could afford to get anywhere near I him I am not sure.

“It depends, as I say, just how expensive the whole package comes to. If it is within reason, he is a player that could certainly improve your team. There is no doubt about it.”

The former France international forward is expected to leave Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua following a dispute over his weekly wages.

The situation is quite similar to that of Wesley Sneijder in all honesty, with both players likely to move on from their current clubs in favour of pastures new come January.

With that said, Sneijder is likely destined for a big club in a big city, while Anelka might just be the perfect addition to a Queens Park Rangers side that have struggled to score goals this term.

The Frenchman is already familiar with London, having played for both Arsenal and Chelsea, making a potential move to Loftus Road in West London a very sensible one.


Shawn Etemadi



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