'Untouchable' Wesley Sneijder will stay at Inter Milan
Wesley Sneijder will stay at Inter Milan this summer according to the club president Massimo Moratti, who has described the Dutch playmaker as "untouchable".
Sneijder had been linked with a move to both Manchester United and Manchester City over the duration of this summer transfer window and revealed at the weekend he could be sold for the right price after "unofficial talks" had begun.
However, as The National revealed two weeks ago, Sneijder's move to the Premier League never went beyond the discussion a transfer fee and he never held talks with either club.
City or United were also not prepared to finance the Holland international's wages — £200,000 (Dh1.2 million) basic weekly wage at Inter.
Moratti has today confirmed this speaking the Italian sport newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, saying there has never been any such negotiations and that Inter are not interested in selling one of their key men.
Moratti revealed his resolve to keep Sneijder has been strengthened further by the imminent departure of star striker Samuel Eto'o, who is set to join big-spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
"There has never been any kind of talks about Wes," Moratti said. "It doesn't matter whether Eto'o stays put or leaves the club.
"Sneijder was untouchable before the situation with Eto'o and he has become even more so now Eto'o could leave.
"Sneijder is going nowhere."
Moratti also confirmed speculation regarding the club's interest in Manchester City's striker Carlos Tevez, but believes any deal is unlikely as he instead looks at other options to fill Eto'o's departure.
"The names that have been mentioned are correct," he added.
"We have been following Tevez, [Ezequiel] Lavezzi and [Diego] Forlan. It will be difficult to sort an agreement for the City striker but the others we are considering.
Moratti all but confirmed Eto'o would be leaving the club in the next few days, with a number of reports suggesting he will undergo a medical at Anzhi tomorrow.
"I will really miss him if everything goes ahead," Moratti added. "Not just as a player, but also as a human being. He's a great guy and a superb player.
"He has always been an example to follow and is a real professional.
"When we get offers like this it is hard to ignore them. The financial fair play is a serious matter and we needed to consider it."
Published: August 17, 2011 04:00 AM