Fenerbahce prepare move for Inter's Wesley Sneijder
Fenerbahçe have rekindled efforts to bring Internazionale star Wesley Sneijder to Istanbul following reports that the Netherlands international is unhappy at his club.
The Yellow Canaries expressed interest in Sneijder during the summer transfer window, club president Aziz Yildirim was quoted as saying, “Now, our fans deserve a present - Wesley Sneijder.”
The Nerazzurri have requested for Sneijder to accept a reduction in his salary which would see his wages fall from €6m a season to €4m.
Sneijder has refused the clubs demands and is unlikely to play unless he signs a new contract with a reduced wage.
Players’ union FIFPro have released a statement urging Internazionale to end the blackmailing of Sneijder. “This is no new phenomenon.
"A club forces a player with a contract nearing expiry to sign a new contract. If the player refuses, the club puts him on the reserve bench or in the grandstand.
"This professional footballer doesn’t get a chance to play any more. Only when he has signed a new contract he can resume playing.
“Sneijder’s contract runs until the middle of 2015. Inter has demanded that the Dutch international extend his contract until 2016, but then for exactly the same total salary.
"In other words, to work a year longer without receiving any salary for it. Sneijder refused and since then, Coach Andrea Stramaccioni has kept the playmaker outside the match selection."
Sneijder expressed uncertainty of his future at the Nerazzurri, recently telling fans, “I don’t know what will happen."
Fenerbahçe are reported to have made an offer for Sneijder and approached his manager Soren Lerby.
Sneijder was asked by reporters whether he had received any offers from the Canaries following his meeting with Nerazzurri officials however, he ignored the question.
The Istanbul club would be able to match and even increase his current wages even with a lower salary offer due to the favourable tax rates for football players in Turkey.
Footballers playing in the Turkish Super League pay just 15 percent in income tax.
The income tax rate for footballers playing in the English premier league is 50 percent, and the figure drops to 45 percent in Germany, 43 percent in Spain and Italy, 40 percent in France, and 30 percent in the Netherlands.
Sneijder has also attracted interest from many of European football most successful clubs including, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.