Sneijder deal set to be sorted out in next two days
Published 23:01 09/08/11 By David Maddock
Wesley Sneijder will thrash out his future over the next 48 hours, after his move to Manchester United took a major step closer on Tuesday.
The Dutch midfielder was hoping to hold formal talks with the Premier League club in London on Thursday, following his country’s friendly international with England at Wembley.
But the riot-induced postponement of the fixture has moved that process forward, and now the 27-year-old will speak with his club, Inter Milan, on Wednesday to seek permission to begin negotiations in earnest.
Sneijder hinted this week that informal talks have already begun over the transfer, with the two clubs close to arriving at a fee somewhere in the region of £32million.
His representatives will be in Milan on Wednesday, hoping to speed up the process, which would allow the player to fly into England to thrash out the terms of a near £200,000 a week contract.
Inter now accept Sneijder wants to leave, and they are also close to finding an accommodation with United - the two clubs have explored a possible price over the past few weeks through a third party.
The Dutch star has a tax-free deal in Italy equating to around £250,000 a week, so with United’s wage structure topping out at around £180,000 a week there is still some way to go.
The Old Trafford club, though, have sweeteners to add to any deal.
Their worldwide popularity greatly enhances the image rights-related package they can offer to prospective signings.
Sneijder also has a personal sponsorship deal with Nike - who are United’s main clothing sponsor - and there are suggestions the US sportswear giants could also enhance the deal to ensure the arrival of one of their big-name players at their biggest club.