Van Gaal backs Sneijder to join Blues

Holland coach Louis Van Gaal has expressed his desire for Wesley Sneijder to join Chelsea.

Galatasaray are reportedly willing to sell the midfielder who only moved to Turkey in January, with Stamford seemingly his most likely destination.

The 29 year old worked with returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for a season at Inter Milan, where together they won the treble.

Van Gaal, who yesterday led the Dutch side to a 2-0 friendly win in China with Sneijder scoring a magnificent second, is keen for the proposed move to take place.

He said: “It would be much easier for me to keep an eye on his progress if he were to move to Chelsea”.

Sneijder has 93 caps for the Netherlands, the highlight surely his appearance in the 2010 World Cup final, despite losing to Spain.

Meanwhile, Blues striker Fernando Torres has emerged as a shock target for Barcelona, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

He told Talksport: “The technical people at the Nou Camp are saying there is a chance to get a rejuvenated Torres”.

The Spain international has struggled to settle at Stamford Bridge since signing from Liverpool for a British record £50million, scoring just fifteen goals in eighty-two league appearances.

He did however manage 21 goals in all competitions last season, including the opener in the Europa League final triumph over Benfica.