Inter Milan director Ernesto Paolillo has denied reports that Real Madrid midfielder Wesley Sneijder has joined the Serie A champions. Reports in Italy have claimed that the Nerazzuri have agreed a deal to pay the Madridistas €15 million for the Dutchman's services, after the Spanish giants lowered their original asking price of €20 million. The playmaker has made 52 league appearances - netting 11 times - after joining from Ajax in 2007. But following the expensive acquisitions of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso, Real are keen to recoup some cash, with Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Arjen Robben, Roysten Drenthe and Ruud van Nistelrooy all available for transfer, while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has already joined AC Milan. The former Ajax starlet - who has been capped 53 times by his country - has also been linked with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa during the close season. But despite the player's agent Soren Lerby confirming that a deal had been agreed between Real and Inter, San Siro head honcho Paolillo has insisted that the transfer is still some way from being completed. "The affair with Sneijder is concluded? Absolutely not," he told Sky Sport 24. "When there is something concrete we will let you know. Nothing is defined or determined, we will see in the coming days."
20 August 2009
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