Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder will be offered to both Manchester clubs in the January window, according to Italy’s Sportmediaset.
The transfer Manchester United fans have been waiting for…. or do arch-enemy Manchester City hold a trump card in Carlos Tevez to edge their city rivals to the Dutchman’s signature?
Inter President, Massimo Moratti has reportedly told Sneijder’s agent, Soren Lerby, he can leave the Nerazzuri for £25m in January as club delegates prepare to travel to Manchester this week to meet officials from both United and City over a potential move.
United’s interest in Sneijder has been well documented after the 27 year-old was widely tipped to join the Premier League Champions in the summer but his high wage demands proved to be a stumbling block. The Red Devils midfield has come under fire this season for a lack of variation and creativity, something Sneijder would have added, and surely a decision Sir Alex must be ruing when not pushing out the boat enough for the Dutch international’s signature.
Carlos Tevez could hold the key in Manchester City’s efforts to sign Sneijder. AC Milan had been favourites to land the Argentine rebel but Inter’s renewed interest is more favourable to City. AC Milan planned to take Tevez on-loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer but their hopes have been dashed by City who are only prepared to sell the striker on a permanent deal for a fee that reflects his market value. A decision which now puts Inter in pole to capture Tevez, with a swap deal for Sneijder a strong possibility.
Sneijder’s form has dipped somewhat since speculation started over his future but Inter manager, Claudio Ranieri, wants to keep his star-man. However, Moratti is prepared to cash-in on his most sellable asset who’s contract runs until 2015 with the Nerazzuri.
Manchester City are clearly a club going in the right direction and will seriously challenge for every trophy in the foreseeable future. With a bottomless pit of money at their disposal, City will continue to invest in an already powerful squad as they strive to become the world’s best team – Sneijder can be another piece in that particular jigsaw.
United’s domination of Manchester and the Premier League is undoubtedly under threat. If they are to continue competing at the highest level then Sir Alex Ferguson has to start splashing out on the likes of Sneijder.
Inter’s qualification into the next stage of the Champions League could be a major influence in whether Sneijder decides to stay at or leave the San Siro in the January transfer window.
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“The player was liked by a lot of other clubs, sides such as Liverpool and Hamburg came after him too.”