With the January transfer window fast approaching, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been very clearly told by Inter Milan that if the English club really wants Wesley Sneijder, they will have to pay up £40 million to the Italian club.

According to a Daily Star report, the Italian club even said that Sneijder would be free to go in January if the United can stack up the money which is an all-time club record. Inter, which previously held on to the gifted Dutch midfielder, in now ready to cash in on the player.

Ferguson has monitored Sneijder for a long time and feels that the player is the best replacement to fill the void that had been created with the retirement of United legend Paul Scholes last season.

The United manager, as expected, will make his move when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year, according to a Tribalfootball report.

Sneijder joined Inter from Real Madrid in 2009 for a reported fee of €15 million. Back at Real, Sneijder made 52 appearances and managed 11 times to find the back of the net. He has made 57 appearances for Inter since joining thus far.