Galatasaray and Netherlands star midfielder Wesley Sneijder could be on the move to MLS. According to Turkish outlet Sporx, the Montreal Impact are interested in the 33-year-old.
Sneijder has one more year left on his contract and may be looking to leave Galatasaray this summer. That said, he also is hoping to make the Netherlands squad for the 2018 World Cup and a European club would give him a better chance. He is currently making five million euros a season in Turkey, a figure that would be tough to find elsewhere.
Along with the Impact, there has also been news of a move to Serie A side Bologna. Interestingly, Montreal owner Joey Saputo is also president of Bologna. Calciomercato reports that Saputo is considering signing him for one year in Italy before moving him to the Impact the following season.
If Sneijder didn’t move to another European club the door to MLS could open, however, transfer fees could pose a problem. He is currently valued at 6.5 million euros ($7.2 million) which is a hefty price for an MLS club. That would put Sneijder as the fifth highest transfer fee in MLS history behind Miguel Almiron, Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe, and Clint Dempsey. The Impact also typically get their designated players on a free transfer, including the likes of Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti.
Although it’s always fun to imagine, at this point, it’s merely a rumour. Perhaps one to monitor in the years to come, though.