Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan have reportedly agreed to lose the services of highly-rated Dutchman Wesley Sneijder, in exchange for £25 million. English Premier League champions Manchester United are considered favorites to land the player.
However, Inter President Massimo Moratti believes the club will hear no deals from United after the English side crashed out of this year's UEFA Champions League, while admitting his club could end up selling the player, if the expected price was met, to any club.
Although Inter boss Claudio Ranieri is unwilling to lose a star player, Moratti is believed to have talked to the player's agent, Soren Lerby, and agreed to make arrangements for the player's departure. Inter Milan meanwhile plan to invest in rising Brazilian star Lucas, 19.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was previously interested in the 27-year-old midfielder but has recently insisted his side doesn't need to make any additions in this transfer window. The other point to be noted, if United do come calling, is Sneijder will most likely have to agree to a reduction in his current £200,000 weekly wage.
A Daily Mail report did suggest United could end up making a deal for the player, given the number of injury problems the club is currently struggling with.
Wesley Sneijder, who arrived from Spanish side Real Madrid in 2009, has made a total of 89 appearances for the Italian side and has scored 17 times. This season, however, he has made just 10 appearances for the club in all competitions.