After almost having his career waste away at Inter and seeing somewhat of a revival with Galatasaray, Wesley Sneijder is drawing the interest of the best and richest clubs in Europe once more, with Chelsea, not that they’ve settled their manager situation, are advancing aggressively in the transfer market.
According to the Sun (which always should be taken with a pinch of salt), Jose Mourinho is looking to reunite with Senijder, who won the Champions league under Mourinho in 2010 at Chelsea, producing his best football ever that season, and being on somewhat of a steep decline ever since.
While his arrival to Galatasary five months ago did give him some playing time, compared with him rotting away at the San Siro, he hasn’t really settled in under Fatih Terim, and wasn’t a major part of their Champions League push or winning the Turkish title for a second straight season, scoring 4 goals and adding 1 assist in 16 matches for the team.
Chelsea are hoping that Sneijder, who is only 28, isn’t someone whose best days are behind him, but simply a player that needs a bit of a more comforting and supportive situation, while playing in a position he feels comfortable in under a manager that gave him the best season of his career.
Senijder has had a problem of trying to be something he’s not as well, playing too often in recent years as an attacking midfielder instead of someone who plays a little more behind; some sort of blend between deep laying playmaker and a 50-50 kind. His work rate in recent seasons is probably the most obvious quality that’s declined for him, maybe letting all the success in 2010 go to his head, entering a high he still hasn’t come down from.
Galatasaray spent £6.3 million to bring him over from Inter, and it’s likely that they’ll accept the same fee, maybe even less due to his huge salary, from Chelsea.