Manchester United are on the verge of completing the sensational signing of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder, after agreeing personal terms with the Dutchman.
According to a report in the Mirror, club chief executive David Gill has agreed the personal terms of the Dutchman, with his weekly wages believed to be £190,000 - a massive drop from his reported demands of £250,000 per-week.
Sneijder will cost United £35 million and the figure has been sanctioned by club owners the Glazers. The 27-year-old will replace the retired Paul Scholes at the heart of United's midfield and his addition comes as a major boost to the Premier League champions. Reports suggest the deal is just 48 hours away from completion.
Inter were initially reluctant to sell their star, but have accepted that United's offer is coaxingly lucrative. If completed, it will take Sir Alex Ferguson's transfer spending to £85 million following the purchases of David de Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young and it marks his desire to have his club stay ahead of the rest of the Premier League, while attempting to catch Barcelona in Europe.
Absolutely, that's what we are always trying to achieve, he said in the Mirror. The great thing about United, and what I try to achieve, is to have a foundation. And the foundation is strong in Manchester United, very strong.
Our youth coaches are very good, and the Academy, excellent coaches we have there and given the regulations they work under they do a great job. It's always been a part of the club to bring young players through from the youth team.
I was going to bring Paul Pogba along, to be honest with you, but it would then mean huge numbers, you know, I think when we all meet up, finally, in New York.
Javier Hernandez joins us there and then we'll have 29 players or something like that, which is a lot on tour, but in some way we'll have to cope.