Chelsea Transfers: Special One seeks reunion with Wesley Sneijder but Tottenham pose threat

Wesley Sneijder during his time with Inter Milan (Google Creative Commons)

Wesley Sneijder during his time with Inter Milan (Google Creative Commons)Chelsea

Reports continue to circulate that Jose Mourinho is looking to bring Wesley Sneijder to Stamford Bridge. The former Dutch National Team captain led Mourinho’s Inter Milan squad during their historic 2009-10 treble wining season that saw them lift the Italian Scudetto, Italian Cup and the UEFA Champions League trophy.

However, three years on from those glory days, Sneijder is now 29 years old and is playing in Turkey for Galatasaray alongside of another former Mourinho charge, Didier Drogba.

Although there is no chance Drogba will be making a Stamford Bridge comeback, the same cannot be said for Sneijder. His 16 appearances for the Turkish side helped them to the Süper Lig title as well as a birth in the UEFA Champions League. Additionally despite his wantaway period at Inter during the last campaign he still provided two goals and three assists for the club in eight appearances.

Galatasaray President, Unal Aysal was quoted by the Mirror as being open to a potential offer from Chelsea if it is right:

“I have been following the rumours about Sneijder, but we have not received an offer for him.

If an offer in the region of €15million (£12.75m) comes in, we might decide to sell him though.”

The problem for Chelsea is that is also appears that Tottenham are interested in making a move for the former Real Madrid player. Andre Villas-Boas could make a move to tip his former mentor and former managed club to the 29-year-old.

Tottenham have been in need of a playmaker that can also be a leader, and despite the potential £12-£15 million that Sneijder could cost, he might just be what the doctor ordered for Spurs’ midfield.

While many would question a potential major investment in a player already close to the wrong side of 30, Dutch players have a tendency to have a long life span in the English Premier League. If you look at the examples of Manchester United past and present stars Edwin van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy and now Robin van Persie, all of them had life late into their career. Van Persie is only 29 but looks to be on the best form of his career.

Chelsea and Tottenham both could make a potential key signing out of Sneijder but it remains to be seen who will anti-up the cash first. Mourinho needs more leadership on the field than his options of John Terry and Frank Lampard. Tottenham are still yet to replace the versatility in the midfield attack that Rafael van der Vaart had provided.

It will be interesting to see what grows of this potential transfer as the season moves on.

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