Sneijder set to sign with Galatasaray

Sneijder set to sign with Galatasaray

Published Jan. 20, 2013 12:00 a.m. ET

Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has agreed to join Turkish club Galatasaray.

Galatasaray said on its website Sunday that it reached a deal with Sneijder pending a medical, which is expected to take place Monday.

The contract is for a reported three and a half years and worth $6.66 million per season.

Galatasaray agreed to a transfer fee of $10 million with Inter earlier this month for the Netherlands captain.


''I'm really enthusiastic about going to Turkey,'' Sneijder told Galatasaray's television channel. ''I've heard that so many people are waiting for me in Istanbul, I know the Turkish fans are fantastic.

''I'm happy to play for a club like Galatasaray. I can't wait to play my first game and to meet (coach) Fatih Terim. Together we'll do great things. I'll make him proud to have bought me.''

Sneijder joined Inter Milan in 2009 and has helped it to a number of trophies, notably the treble of the Italian League and Cup and the Champions League in 2010.

He was seen as one of the top players available in this January transfer window after falling out with club officials at Inter. In November, Inter technical director Marco Branca said Sneijder would not play until he made a decision about his future, with a new deal reportedly requiring him to take a pay cut.