Inter President Massimo Moratti insists he doesn’t “want to force” Wesley Sneijder into signing a new contract, so it’s possible he’ll be released on a free transfer.
The Nerazzurri have made it abundantly clear they do not intend to keep paying the Dutchman’s €6m per season wages.
The club announced Sneijder would not play until he had agreed to an extension that would reduce his pay, but the player seems to have no intention of signing.
“Our rapport is not frosty as far as I am concerned,” assured Moratti this afternoon.
“There isn’t a clear contrast in positions, as we are trying to find a solution that suits both parties.
“We do not want to force anything on anyone. It is a situation that will be broken down only by common sense.”
Reports are intensifying that rather than attempt a sale in January, Inter will offer to terminate the contract by mutual consent.
This would give them no transfer fee, but save on the wages the club still owes to Sneijder for the remainder of his contract.
Premier League clubs Manchester United and Manchester City are hoping for this option so they can swoop next month.
It is a system Inter have already used over the last few months to ‘get rid of’ big earners Julio Cesar, Diego Forlan and Lucio.
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