It’s been three months since troubled Turkish giant Galatasaray paid Wes Sneijder’s salary. That’s a problem. In fact, that’s such a problem that FIFA has a protocol for this. Sneijder can legally step out of his contract for no fee during the ensuing transfer window, and judging by Galatasaray’s frequent problems (and those of the Turkish league as a whole, which is racked with issues), it’s hard to see him sticking around beyond January.
This kicks up a cloud of dust that has to involve MLS, if only speculatively. Sneijder is 30, and he’s the exact type of No. 10 MLS craves so desperately. He’s also the kind of low-risk signing the league needs. Creative, doesn’t rely on his physicality, unreal vision. His form’s dipped since he moved to Turkey (duh), but it stands to reason a soft landing ground will change that.
The question now is merely where.