Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder is on his way to France to sign a 1-year contract with French side OGC Nice, where he will team up with Mario Balotelli as the club looks to push forward after a last year’s surprising title challenge.
According to Dutch journalist Mike Verweij, Sneijder was spotted boarding an airplane in Amsterdam bound for France along with his family and agent Guido Albers.
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Sneijder, 33 years old, saw his Galatasaray contract expire this summer after spending three-and-a-half seasons in Turkey. The decision was surprising given how productive he was for the Turkish club, assisting a whopping 15 goals in 28 league appearances last season, and scoring five.
With Sneijder’s creativity, Balotelli could thrive even more than he did last year, when he scored 15 goals in 23 league appearances to help Nice finish third in Ligue 1. Even with Balotelli’s goals, Nice struggled to score at times, with their 63 league goals a distant fourth in comparison with the other top Ligue 1 teams. The two previously played together for a season at Inter in 2009/10, before Balotelli departed the following summer for Manchester City.
The addition of Sneijder could help close the gap, especially with attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda leaving for Sneijder’s old club Galatasaray.
The report mentions that the signing will please the Dutch national team staff, as they prefer him to stay playing in Europe. Sneijder was linked to new MLS club LAFC, as well as with a move to China.
Wesley Sneijder took one step closer Friday to a potential and long-rumored move to Major League Soccer.
Galatasaray and Sneijder agreed to mutually terminate his contract, the club announced, with Sneijder waiving his $5.16 million salary for the upcoming season. The termination includes a clause that if Sneijder plays for another Turkish club in the next three years, he’ll have to pay a $23 million fine.
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Recent reports linked Sneijder to becoming Los Angeles FC’s first Designated Player, ahead of the club’s inaugural season in MLS in 2018. If Sneijder signed with LAFC, he could in theory finish the rest of 2017 on-loan with Galatasaray or with another team in Europe before joining up with his new teammates.
Sneijder has also been linked with the Montreal Impact and Manchester United in the past 12 months as well. The 33-year-old Dutchman became his nation’s all-time leader in caps with 131, playing as the Netherlands beat Luxembourg, 5-0.
An opponent from Serie A has emerged as a potential blip in the plans of Los Angeles FC.
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According to Sky Sports Italia, Sampdoria is looking to sign LA FC target and Dutch international Wesley Sneijder as the 33-year-old contemplates the next stage of his career.
Reports earlier in the week declared that LA FC had tabled an offer of $3.5 million per season for Sneijder as the 2018 expansion side looks to establish some momentum heading into its inaugural season.
The veteran Dutchman currently plays for Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray — where he’s played since joining the club in 2013 from Inter Milan.
LA FC is seeking its first Designated Player signing and major move to welcome the club to MLS next season. Reports surfaced earlier in June suggesting the Los Angeles side was closing in on a move for Mexican international Andres Guardado, however, no deal has been struck to this point.
Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder is close to signing for Los Angeles FC.
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A report from ESPN states that Sneijder, 33, will sign a two-year deal with LAFC and become a Designated Player for the team who will enter Major League Soccer in 2018.
Per the report, Sneijder has been offered a deal worth $3.5 million a year to join LAFC and he would link up with the squad in January 2018 ahead of their debut season in MLS.
Having a star of Sneijder’s size will certainly attracted plenty more interest in LAFC, plus he’s still a mainstay for the Dutch national team as he has 131 caps with 31 goals for the Oranje and his quality as a deep-lying playmaker is undisputed.
The former UEFA Champions League winner has enjoyed an illustrious career in Europe, winning trophies at Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter and Galatasaray. He won the UCL with Inter in 2010 as he was a pivotal part of Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning team. Sneijder has spent the past five seasons playing in Turkey for giants Galatasaray.
Sneijder would become LAFC’s first DP signing and although the newly-formed club do not yet have a head coach, who wouldn’t want to work with Sneijder in MLS?
With the Banc of California Stadium set to be ready for the start of the 2018 MLS season, excitement is building in LA.
Sneijder’s arrival would help that grow further as one of the premier playmakers of the past decade will get to strut his stuff in MLS. Whether he turns out to be as influential a DP as the likes of David Villa or Kaka remains to be seen, but LAFC are clearly willing to back up their grand plans with grand signings.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Wesley Sneijder has become the Netherlands’ most capped international, making his 131st appearance for his country in Friday’s Group A World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on his 33rd birthday.
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The veteran midfielder’s appearance in the Dutch starting lineup meant he overtook former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar’s long-held record.
Sneijder, a former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan playmaker who is now at Galatasaray in Turkey, made his international debut on April 30, 2003, in a 1-1 draw against Portugal.
The highlight of his international career was likely his pivotal role in the Netherlands’ run to the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was one of four joint top scorers for the tournament with five goals, including a rare headed winner against Brazil in the quarterfinals.