Spalletti hints at Zenit interest in Sneijder

Zenit keen on Sneijder

February 10, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti has indicated an interest in signing Wesley Sneijder but said Inter Milan are reluctant to sell.

Wesley Sneijder
GettyImagesWesley Sneijder is unsure where he will be playing his football next season

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Sneijder has long been linked with a move away from Inter, with Manchester United having expressed an interest last summer, and the Netherlands international has said he is unsure whether he will still be at the club next season.

With the Russian transfer window open for business for another fortnight, Spalletti has hinted that Zenit would be keen to tie up a deal.

"Who wouldn't want such a strong player? The Dutchman is wanted by many top level clubs, but he is currently under contract with Inter, who do not seem ready to sell," Spalletti said.

"When we're talking about a player of Sneijder's calibre, believe me, it all becomes more difficult. Naturally we're working on the transfer market and two weeks isn't too much, but nor is it a little."

Spalletti also said the signings of Milos Krasic and Mauro Zarate are unlikely.

"The media has written a great deal about our interest in Krasic, perhaps too much," he told Itasportpress. "Everyone knows the Juventus man is an excellent player, but we have made absolutely no initiative to buy him.

"As for Zarate, I can confirm he was of interest to us, but Mauro does not want to come to Russia."