With coach Cesari Prandelli relieved of his duties at Turkish side Galatasaray, there could be some changes at the club in January. That includes the future of Manchester United-linked midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
There is a possibility that French side AS Monaco could reach the last 16 of the Champions League by only scoring two goals in six games. It accurately describes the type of football that the Monegasque side is currently playing and exactly why they need reinforcements in January.
United may be favourites to sign the Dutch playmaker, with Louis van Gaal in charge of the Premier League club, but there is no doubt that Leandro Jardim could do with a player of his ability.
According to the player’s representative, Guido Albers, his departure is definitely a possibility.
"I do not know why he was on the bench," he said. "I really do not know why he did not start with the team. Sneijder wants to stay but if he continues to be on the bench... Nobody likes to be replaced."
When Monaco sold James Rodriguez to Real Madrid for over €70 million, it left a huge hole in their midfield and it’s a gap that they have yet to find a solution for.
James was the creative spark that brought life to the side from the French Riviera. No one in Ligue 1 created more goals than the Colombian last season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic behind with just one on eleven.
Van Gaal would want Sneijder to join Angel Di Maria in being able to set up chances for Radamel Falcao, just like James was able to do, but if Jardim was able to bring the Dutchman in to be Monaco’s new creative force.
In the last 12 months, Sneijder has provided eight assists for both club and country. With Monaco scoring so few goals, he could just be what the club needs to propel them up the table and give them a fighting chance of staying in the Champions League.
Despite leaving at the end of August, Falcao is still the clubs joint top scorer with two goals. Four other players have managed to score a brace, but 14 weeks into the season they have really lacked a presence in the final third.
He may not score handfuls of goals, but Sneijder would be able to help Monaco create more chances.
United will always be favourites, but with Monaco still in Europe’s elite competition, although he wouldn’t be able to join them, it would still make the French side a draw for Sneijder. Come January there will definitely be more than one team vying for his signature.