Inter want Sneijder decision by end of day
Published 14/01/2013 | 13:58
INTER Milan president Massimo Moratti has urged Wesley Sneijder to make a decision on where his future lies by the end of the day.
The Dutch midfielder has been locked in talks with Galatasaray over a potential move to Istanbul this weekend after Inter accepted a reported €10m bid for his services.
Sneijder has not featured for the Nerazzurri since September having rejected a proposed two million euro pay cut, with Moratti just as eager to bring the uncomfortable stand-off to an end.
He told the Gazzetta dello Sport today: "It would be professional if he would make his decision by the end of the day."
In the absence of an anticipated approach from a Barclays Premier League side, with Manchester United having been heavily linked with the player in 2011, Galatasaray soon emerged as Sneijder's most likely destination when the Turkish giants became the first club to make their interest public.
On Saturday, a statement published on Gala's official website read: "The transfer of Wesley Sneijder has been agreed between Inter and the club, and negotiations are ongoing with the player."
The Super Lig leaders return from a winter break for Friday's game at Kasimpasa, while Inter attempt to narrow Juventus' lead at the top of the Serie A table.
A 2-0 victory over Pescara at the weekend saw the Nerazzurri close to within seven points of Antonio Conte's Juve, but Sneijder made just five appearances at the start of the season before suffering a leg injury against Chievo.
Rumours of a contract dispute were confirmed when Sneijder - who won the treble under Jose Mourinho - failed to return to the first team on his recovery, later revealing he would not agree reduced terms on a five-year contract he signed in 2010.
Inter head coach Andrea Stramaccioni has maintained the 28-year-old's ongoing omission is a tactical choice, despite a serious injury crisis that has seen up to 10 senior players sidelined throughout the autumn.