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Report: Sampdoria competing with LAFC for Wesley Sneijder

Will he go Serie A or MLS?

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Adding to the previous report that 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club were pursuing Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, there appears to be good and bad news.

The good news is that ESPN FC reports from unnamed sources on Thursday that LAFC “remains hopeful” they can land Sneijder as a Designated Player, after news emerged earlier this week that they are trying to get him from Turkish club Galatasaray.

The bad news is that a Sky Sports Italia report has emerged that says Serie A side Sampdoria are also looking to add Sneijder for the 2017-18 season. Samp are not one of the global clubs in Italy, but are one of the most stable teams in the league and seem to be on an uptick, having finished in 10th place last season.

So it may come down to Serie A or MLS for Sneijder, if these reports are to be believed. Sneijder has played in Italy before, for Inter, so he may like the idea of returning, or he could be ready to move on to a new challenge. On the bright side, Sampdoria are not playing in the Champions League or Europa League next season, so that may help LAFC’s cause.

We’ll see. If it comes down to two teams, LAFC may have a decent shot of landing the playmaker. We’ll keep you posted on the updates that come through on this story.

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