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Wesley Sneijder In Line For Surprise January Switch?

Wesley Sneijder In Line For Surprise January Switch?

Wesley Sneijder could well be making a surprise switch to the MLS.

The Dutchman was heavily linked with a move to new side Los Angeles FC over the summer after he bought out his contract at Turkish giants Galatasaray.

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But though the links to the LA franchise were strong, as were rumours of possible moves to Sampdoria or his hometown club Utrecht, instead, the 33-year old signed for Ligue One side Nice and reunited with Mario Balotelli.

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Sneijder hasn't really got going in France though, making eight appearances, failing to find the net and registering one assist for Nice, who are all the way down in 13th place in the league after a poor start to the season.

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And talk of a move to LA has begun again, with reports in Netherlands saying that the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid man has a two-year deal on the table to become one of the club's designated players.

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LA FC, who are managed by Bob Bradley and have a number of high-profile celebrities, including actor Will Ferrell, investing in the club, have one designated player to their name at the moment. Former Arsenal man Carlos Vela, now playing for Real Sociedad, will join in time for the 2018 season.

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But the potential arrival of Sneijder, if a deal can be thrashed out, would be an incredible coup in many ways. Not only would he tear it up in the MLS, like so many legends have in recent times, but it would be quite a statement, marketing-wise, to land a player who probably should have won the 2010 Ballon d'Or after an exceptional year seven years back.

City rivals LA Galaxy have also been linked with Ajax youth product Sneijder, who would be an excellent high-profile addition to the MLS and could fill the void left by the likes of Kaka and Andrea Pirlo

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Topics: Nice, MLS, Wesley Sneijder, LA Galaxy

Josh Lawless

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