inter.it: Wesley Sneijder

Italian football giant Inter Milan’s Dutch midfielder, who was previously targeted by Manchester United, has made a £31 million ($51 million) move to rival club Manchester City according to sources in Italy.

Reports said that Sneijder, 27, will make his final appearance for the club against AC Milan in Beijing on Sunday and will then fly off to England to sign the contract.

Sneijder, who was earlier, linked to Manchester United as a replacement for the currently retired Paul Scholes, failed to finalize a deal with the Red Devils over the salary demands.

Both Manchester City and Inter Milan, however, have denied the bidding and any talks regarding a proposed move to the Premier League for Sneijder.

Sneijder, had he moved to Manchester United, would have become the highest paid player in the club at £5 million ($8 million) a year, according to an Italian newspaper Gazetto dello Sport report.

Wesley Sneijder was signed by Inter Milan in 2009 from Real Madrid for a reported fee of €15 million ($21 million). Sneijder scored his first goal in the 92nd minute against Udinese in a 2–1 win, which was the decisive goal of the game.

The Dutchman, a reputed dead-ball specialist, has appeared 51 times for Inter Milan and has scored eight times, and has made 76 international appearances for the Dutch national team and has managed to find the back of the net 21 times.