Transfer: Nice still offers a prestigious recruit with Sneijder
Dutch Wesley Sneijder celebrates a goal against Luxembourg in qualifying at the 2018 World Cup on June 9, 2017 in Rotterdam
After Mario Balotelli last year, Nice still struck a big blow on the summer market thanks to this year’s services of the Dutchman Wesley Sneijder, 33 years and free of any contract after his departure from the Turkish club of Galatasaray, Sunday evening .
The Aiglons, who announced they had reached an agreement in principle with the international “Oranje” on Sunday night on their Twitter account, still have to wait until “the medical visit prior to his official commitment” goes off without a hitch.
However, Nice, who has made a name for himself in recent seasons by raising players in the second half of the career and sometimes in difficulty, like Hatem Ben Arfa or the Italian Balotelli, have again succeeded a nice shot.
From source close to the club, the native of Utrecht could sign a one-year contract with an additional year optional.
The idea of attracting the player, the pride of the famous Ajax Amsterdam Academy, sprouted in the minds of the leaders of Nice during the trip to Amsterdam arenA, during the 3rd preliminary round of the League of Champions last Wednesday? The portraits players are in any case in a good place on the “wall of fame” of the felted lounges of the enclosure.
If the player agrees well with the club of the Riviera, it would be a reinforcement of weight for the dam against Naples (to go 15-16 August, return 22-23 August), decisive to obtain a participation in group stage of the League of the champions.
The president of Nice, Jean-Pierre Rivère, told BeIN Sports’s microphone the need to “complete the team” with “good players”, as well not to relive defeat in the Championship, as Saturday in Saint-Etienne (1-0) three days after a European cup match, only to densify a team composed of many young elements.
Precisely his coach Lucien Favre, questioned by the Dutch media about the hypothetical arrival of Sneijder, had contented himself with saying that he considered him a “good player”.
– ‘Unofficial gold ball’ in 2010 –
If he does not have the physical volume of his best years, Sneijder remains more than just a “good player”: an “unofficial gold ball”, author of a dazzling season at the highest level In 2010.
After being one of the major artisans of the historic trio of Inter Milan (championship – Italian Cup – Champions League), finalist of the 2010 World Cup, and co-top scorer of the competition, the Dutch playmaker Had seen Lionel Messi preferred to him, thanks to the change of the voting system.
At 33 years old, the new record holder with the Oranje (131 selections, 31 goals) is still able to shine particularly in the last pass or on set kicks in a role of N.10.
Even if he only scored 5 goals in the Turkish Championship last season, his association with his former team-mate Inter Mario Balotelli (26), who hopes like him to compete in the 2018 World Cup with his selection, Salivating on paper.
His return announced to FC Utrecht, his birthplace, had initially set fire to the Dutch media. But it is finally a crusader with Younès Belhanda, loaned to Nice last year but recruited by Galatasaray, which happened.
Often present at Louis-II, the coach of the French team Didier Deschamps is likely to do a few more kilometers to supervise the N.10 battle before the decisive match of the Blues against the Netherlands, August 31 at the stadium of France .